‘Operation Crazy Train’

Drug dealers are feeling the heat.

On Thursday, Jamestown Police and New York State Police executed a search warrant at 847 Lafayette St. at approximately 10:25 a.m., resulting in the arrests of two men.

Laval A. Johnson, 29, was located inside the apartment in possession of crack cocaine and cash. He was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and transported to city jail, where he is awaiting arraignment.

Investigators also located Antonio A. Sanders, 25, inside the apartment and took him into custody on two outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court for a first-degree contempt charge. Sanders was taken to city jail, where he is awaiting arraignment.

The arrests were the latest in a series of drug busts conducted in the local area – an indication of the more aggressive posture the city and the state have taken against the local drug epidemic.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico announced Thursday the indictment of 32 people charged with operating two related, large-scale drug distribution networks that funneled narcotics into Rochester, Buffalo and neighboring communities.

One of the 32 men – Bryan Moore – was from Jamestown.

The 13-month joint investigation, known as “Operation Crazy Train,” included covert surveillance and hundreds of hours of wiretaps.

“Heroin has become one of the deadliest forces attacking communities across New York and the country,” Schneiderman said. “Takedowns like this one strike a significant blow to the criminal element of narcotics trafficking, particularly across Western New York.”

Over the course of the investigation, authorities seized nearly $1 million worth of heroin, several hundred thousand dollars worth of cocaine and tens of thousands of dollars in cash. The individuals involved were arrested in a series of overnight raids and charged with a variety of felony counts related to the possession, sale and distribution of narcotics.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, the drugs associated with these networks are not believed to have traveled to Chautauqua County.

“The arrests of these individuals … will have a significant impact on the heroin and drug trade in Western New York,” D’Amico said. “Make no mistake: when it comes to identifying, locating and arresting individuals who chose to engage in this criminal behavior, we will be diligent, and we will use every resource available to shut down these drug operations and make our communities safer. It is the combined efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement working together that has made these arrests possible.”

Anyone who may have information on the illegal sales or 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.