Six-Pound Package Of Pot Lands Three In Jail

Police and U.S. Postal Service inspectors charged three city residents Monday after discovering a six-pound package of marijuana addressed to their residence.

According to the Jamestown Police Department, Kelvin Thomas, 31, Saran Best, 30, and Iesha Strudwick, 22, were taken into custody after the department’s SWAT team, the New York State Police and postal inspectors executed a search warrant at their 352 Foote Ave. residence.

The bust was the culmination of a joint investigation between the agencies, beginning with the postal inspectors identifying the suspicious package earlier in the week and its original mailing address of Texas.

Postal inspectors conducted a controlled delivery of the package by physically dropping off the package at the residence. Once the package was delivered, SWAT team members and investigators entered and located the package.

“Six pounds is quite a lot,” said Captain Robert Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department. “We usually don’t see that much.”

When asked if similar operations with U.S. Postal Service inspectors have occurred in the past, Samuelson said, “it’s not common.”

“I would say (these types of operations) have occurred three to four times in the past five years.”

Thomas is already awaiting sentencing following an incident that occurred in August of 2012. He was charged with first-degree assault and third-degree criminal mischief after Jamestown Police say a 29-year-old victim arrived at WCA Hospital with injuries resulting from a stab wound to his abdomen. An investigation revealed that Thomas had stabbed the man in the area of Fulton and Strong streets in the city before the victim was able to get away and drive himself to the emergency room.

Thomas was eventually located and charged for the stabbing as well as throwing a hammer at the victim’s vehicle.

Best has also been in trouble with the law in the past. In October of 2009, Best was charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree assault after she and a male acquaintance entered a woman’s home and attacked her. In June of 2008, Best was part of a group of four people who were charged with third-degree assault after a female victim said she was attacked by her neighbors. Best was additionally charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment following the incident.