City of Dunkirk Police, in conjunction with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force successfully concluded a lengthy investigation into the manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine and the sale of heroin at a Woodrow Avenue home late Wednesday afternoon with the arrest of 3 individuals.
Just before 6:30 PM today officers from the Dunkirk Police Department Special Response Team, DPD Detective Bureau, the 3-11 Shift Patrol Officers, 11-7 Shift Patrol Officers, DPD K-9 Unit and agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task force conducted a raid at 427 Woodrow Ave.
During the raid, 3 individuals were found in the residence along with quantities of materials and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine, heroin package for street sale, packaging materials and evidence of heroin and methamphetamine sales and use.
Donald Lee Tolbert and Dawn F. Stein were charged with Unlawfully Manufacturing Methamphetamine in the 3rd Degree, a Class D Felony and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, a Class B Felony. Tolbert was also charged with Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Material for exposing the public to toxic materials that result from methamphetamine production, which he disposed of in an unsafe manner.
A third individual, Richard J. Russo, who is the owner and an occupant of the home, was charged with Criminal Nuisance in the 2nd Degree, a Class B Misdemeanor for allowing the others to use his residence as a place where people gather to engage in unlawful conduct. Russo had been repeatedly warned by members of the Dunkirk Police Department that the people he was allowing to live in and to frequent his home were involved in illegal activity and was offered police assistance in removing them from his home. He declined assistance from the police and continued to allow the illegal drug activity to take place. He was released on an appearance ticket and will appear in Dunkirk City Court at a later date.