JAMESTOWN – Two people are facing charges after police allegedly found cash and drugs during a search of a Winsor Avenue address Wednesday evening.
Jamestown Police say officers were attempting to arrested Luis Martinez, 48, on a parole violation stemming from a search of a Water Street location where detectives recovered meth and a loaded handgun.
Officers say Martinez was observed with another man in a parked vehicle in front of 533 Winsor St.
Police say they watched Martinez and the man exit his vehicle with a small child’s backpack. The man then reportedly walked behind the house carrying the backpack and then returned to his vehicle without it and drove away.
A New York State Police K-9 officer then pulled Martinez over and took him into custody on the parole warrant. The other man was not arrested.
Investigators were able to find the backpack hidden in bushes around the rear of 533 Winsor Street. Inside the backpack police found more than $37,000 in cash. Martinez allegedly admitted to police the bag belonged to him.
The Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force then applied for and served a search warrant for the Winsor Street location. Inside the house police said they found 13.4 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 11.42 ounces of marijuana, scales and packaging material for drug sales. Additionally police said $1,668 in crash was recovered.
Inside the house Kanisha Pintagro, 31, was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of marijuana and criminally using drug paraphernalia.
Police said both Pintagro and Martinez were taken to Jamestown City Jail.
Investigators say the investigation remains ongoing and additional charges are expected.
Correction: WNYNewsNow failed to include a third person, an unidentified man, who was as in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop. The man was not arrested, police said.