On August 15, 2018 at approximately 8:37 A.M., at 527 S. Roberts Rd. in the City of Dunkirk, the Dunkirk Police SRT and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant that had been issued earlier by City of Dunkirk Court Judge Kuzdale. The entry was made without incident and four subjects were taken into custody. The search warrant was issued based on a month long investigation into narcotics trafficking from this address and these subjects. During the course of the investigation agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force made numerous controlled purchases of heroin from subjects within the residence. At the time of the entry officers possessed a search warrant for the residence and an arrest warrant for Onix LOPEZ ORTIZ, Age 38, of 527 S. Roberts Rd, Dunkirk, NY. LOPEZ ORTIZ was originally charged based on the arrest warrant.
As a result of the search, agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force seized over a half an ounce of Heroin, Marijuana and a large quantity of Money. As a result of this seizure each of the four (4) subjects were charged with two (2) counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. Additionally, Onix LOPEZ ORTIZ was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree when he was found to be possession of an additional quantity of heroin while he was being booked into the Dunkirk City Jail. Myra RIVERA CRUZ, age 28, of 527 S. Roberts Rd, Jann MONTANEZ CALDERON, age 38, of 527 S. Roberts Rd, Dunkirk, NY, and Pedro L. RIVERA, of Glasgow Rd, Fredonia, NY are being held at the City of Dunkirk Jail without bail pending arraignment and further action of the Court.
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Dunkirk Police Department. Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call and report suspicious or narcotics related activity within their neighborhoods at either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.