Flushed Out

Jamestown police arrested two men Friday as part of the ongoing investigation into narcotics sales and trafficking in the city.

At 2:15 a.m., investigators and members of the SWAT team executed a search warrant at 846 Lafayette St., Apt. 1 and took 45-year-old Tyrone C. VanHook and 37-year-old Simeon A. Leeper into custody.

Inside the apartment, police discovered a quantity of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a large quantity of cash.

Leeper was also observed flushing a quantity of drugs into a toilet.

According to Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department, the two men – the only occupants of the apartment – were the subjects of a weekslong investigation.

When asked if more arrests will result from information gathered at the raid, Samuelson said, “absolutely.”

“We will continue to aggressively enforce (the sale and trafficking of narcotics),” he said.

VanHook was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Leeper was charged with criminal tampering with physical evidence and second-degree obstructing governmental administration.

Both subjects are currently being held in city jail awaiting arraignment.

Anyone who may have information on the illegal sale or possession of narcotics in the city is asked to call the JPD tip line at 483-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.