SWAT Team Seizes $160K Worth Of Pot

SWAT teams from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Jamestown Police Department seized approximately $160,000 worth of marijuana Friday after executing four search warrants.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the warrants, issued out of the Chautauqua County Court, authorized the search of 288 Southland Ave. in Lakewood, 24 Melvin Ave. and 51 Boulevard Ave. in Celoron and 70 W. 13th St. in Jamestown.

All four locations are owned by Jeffrey Boardman, 48, of Lakewood.

Authorities executed the search warrants simultaneously at 5:25 p.m., seizing growing marijuana, processed marijuana and equipment used to make marijuana in all four locations.

More than 150 marijuana plants were seized with an approximate value of $160,000.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force charged Boardman with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and unlawfully growing cannabis. He was arraigned in Busti Court and remanded to Chautauqua County Jail without bail.

The arrest culminates an investigation that has been ongoing for the past 10 months.

The arrest also resulted in the bust of another marijuana growing operation at 20 Cole Ave. in Jamestown. Additional charges will be placed after all the evidence has been processed, police said.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force encourages members of the community to call 800-344-8702 when they observe narcotics-related activity in their area.