Three-Pronged Raid

Police seized 260 doses of heroin, a sawed-off shotgun and a large sum of cash during a three-pronged drug raid Wednesday on Franklin Street.

Drug investigators from the Jamestown Police Department along with members of the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team executed the three warrants at 6 a.m. with the assistance of the Jamestown Police SWAT Team.

At 52 Franklin St., investigators located a quantity of heroin and cash, charging Jose Sanquiche, 37, with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

At 58 Franklin St., investigators located more heroin and cash, charging Juan Vargas-Lopez, 30, and Stephanie Castro, 26, both with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Investigators also searched 61 Franklin St., locating a sawed-off shotgun and charging Raul Rodriguez-Colon, 62, with criminal possession of a firearm.

All subjects were transported to the city jail, where they are awaiting arraignment.

Anyone who may have information on narcotics sales in their neighborhood can call the Jamestown Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 483-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.

The Jamestown Police Department and New York State Police CNET have taken a strong approach in the enforcement of heroin.

In July, both departments were instrumental in the yearlong, multi-jurisdictional sting operation – code-named “Operation Horseback” – that led to 47 individuals identified as part of a massive drug-trafficking ring.

Other recent busts include the June 19 raid at 11 Park St. and 15 Park St. that led to the discovery of heroin and $3,000 cash; the June 18 raid at 614 Spring St. that led to the discovery of heroin and approximately $6,000 cash; and the June 10 raid at 6 Winsor St. that led to the discovery of heroin, cash and drug paraphernalia.

“We will continue to aggressively approach this issue and continue to make arrests and execute search warrants at this pace,” said Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department.