(WNY News Now) – A New Castle, PA, man was arrested and charged with firearms-related offenses, shedding light on his ties to Jamestown’s drug traffickers. The investigation, led by the DEA and Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, uncovered a trail of firearms purchased in Collazo’s hometown that ended up in Jamestown.
Buffalo – Christian Arroyo Collazo of New Castle, PA, faces federal charges for his alleged involvement in the illegal firearms trade. U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross revealed the charges, including engaging in the firearms business without a license, unlawful shipment and transportation of firearms, and firearms trafficking, each carrying a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti disclosed that Collazo’s connection to Jamestown emerged during a probe into methamphetamine and heroin trafficking in the region. Three firearms, traced back to Collazo, were recovered in Jamestown between November 2021 and May 2022, leading investigators to the New Castle gun stores where Collazo made the purchases.
The investigation unveiled that Collazo utilized social media, specifically Facebook and Facebook Messenger, to conduct firearm-related conversations and facilitate his illicit activities. He even shared images of firearms with potential buyers through these platforms.
Collazo appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and was released under certain conditions.
The investigation received support from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.