Jamestown Man Turns Himself In Following Multi-Agency Drug Bust

A Jamestown man turned himself into police Wednesday morning on two outstanding warrants stemming from a multi-agency drug bust April 2.

Cesar L. Soto, 36, was not at his 20 Willis St. residence when SWAT personnel and investigators raided it earlier this month. Investigators found heroin, packaging material, prescription medication and stolen property, police said.

Soto is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Soto is being held in Jamestown City Jail and is awaiting arraignment.

The local drug scene was dealt a heavy blow April 2 after police conducted seven drug raids in a self-described “joint narcotics enforcement sweep” of heroin and cocaine trafficking in Jamestown.

Members of the Jamestown Police Department, New York State Police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security executed the sweep after a monthslong investigation, taking nine individuals into custody for various narcotics charges.

“It’s been many years since we’ve (conducted a joint effort) of this magnitude,” said Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department, on April 2. “Four (of the raids) were done simultaneously with four separate SWAT teams – two from the JPD and two from the state police.”

Raids were conducted at 228 E. Second St., 3 Forest Park, 614 Spring St., 129 Fairview Ave., 100 E. Eighth St., 20 Willis St. and 711 Cherry St.

According to police, investigators seized large quantities of heroin, cash and drug paraphernalia including syringes, weapons and prescription medication from the listed locations. The 711 Cherry St. residence was the only exception, with cocaine, cash and a marijuana growing operation discovered inside.

The investigation into the illegal sales and trafficking of narcotics in the Jamestown area is continuing. Police said more arrests are expected.

Anyone who has information on the illegal sales and trafficking of narcotics in the Jamestown area is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 483-Tips (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.