City Man Sentenced In Crack Cocaine Case

MAYVILLE – A Jamestown man arrested last May for his involvement in a seven-person crack cocaine operation was sentenced Monday to 6 years in state prison with 3 years post-release supervision.

Cleophis Harris, 52, was the subject of an investigation lasting several months by Jamestown Police, the JPD SWAT team and the New York State Police’s Community Narcotics Enforcement Team into the illegal sales and trafficking of crack cocaine.

The investigation revealed the drug was being sold from and used at two separate apartments at 916 N. Main St.

After the SWAT team gained entry into the apartments, investigators discovered a quantity of crack cocaine and prescription drug pills along with a quantity of cash. Several items of stolen property were recovered, including a laptop computer that had been reported stolen.

Although Harris was not charged with possession of a controlled substance at the time, he was charged with first-degree criminal nuisance for renting an apartment and providing a location for drug sales and operation.

On Monday, he was sentenced for the charge of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Other sentences announced Monday by Chautauqua County District Attorney David W. Foley included Johnny Nunez, 44, of Jamestown, who was sentenced to 2-5 years in state prison for third-degree burglary.

Nunez was taken into custody in June, 2013 at his residence after police were alerted to a burglary on Barrett Avenue. A neighbor reported seeing Nunez carrying multiple items from a garage at the residence. A small quantity of heroin and drug paraphernalia were located as well. He was taken into custody shortly after and charged with felony second-degree burglary, larceny, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Byron Lawton, 40, of Jamestown, was sentenced to 3 years in prison with 3 years post-release supervision for violation of probation.

In April, Sheriff’s deputies, assisted by K-9 Drago, apprehended Lawton with an outstanding probation warrant for a second-degree criminal sexual act charge. He was taken to Chautauqua County Jail and held without bail.

Matthew Glinski, 45, of Silver Creek was sentenced to 2-4 years in state prison for third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, stemming from an incident in June, 2013.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a man leaving his residence carrying two assault rifles, following an altercation with two other individuals. He was taken into custody shortly after.

Larry Passinger, 46, of Mayville, was sentenced to 5 years probation, a $1,000 fine and 5 years ignition interlock device for felony driving while intoxicated.