JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) — A former law enforcement officer turned city councilman in Jamestown is highlighting the importance of getting deadly narcotics off the streets, citing a record bust by local investigators last week.
In a continued drug crackdown effort, investigators with the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, and other partner agencies, performed three simultaneous drug raids that led to the arrest of 19 suspects last Wednesday.
However, a simple traffic stop just before search warrants were executed, is credited with saving 1,000s of lives locally.
After stopping a vehicle on North Main Street in Jamestown, officers recovered a record amount of fentanyl pills. It’s estimated around 50,000 to 60,000 were recovered.
According to Councilman, and former Jamestown Police Officer, Jeff Russell, the pills’ potency could be enough to kill every man, woman, and child in Jamestown alone.
“We’re starting to see quantities like this that are coming into our city,“ explained Russell. ‘Obviously these are large, scary amounts. You’re talking about enough fentanyl that if it’s potent enough it could potentially kill every citizen in the City of Jamestown with that 50,000 to 60,000 pills. So that’s some scary stuff that’s coming into our city, and I can’t thank the Jamestown Police Department, the Town of Ellicott, and the Sheriff’s Department enough for the excellent work that they are doing, and continue to do on a daily basis.”
Recently, county health officials have launched a campaign to warn the public about drugs mixed with the deadly narcotic fentanyl.
There are local resources, like the Department of Mental Hygiene, available to help those access recovery services.
However, Narcan nasal spray, officials say, is a vital tool for not just addicts, but also, anyone, as deadly drugs like these become more prevalent in the community.