JAMESTOWN – City police say they’ve arrested three people on charges of possessing a dangerous drug that’s been making national headlines the past several months.
According to a media release from Jamestown Police Captain Robert Samuelson, authorities arrested the three on charges of possessing fentanyl – – an ultra-potent, prescription painkiller that is typically administered through a patch. In the past few months, dozens of fatal overdoses throughout the country have been linked to the use of fentanyl.
Samuelson says the arrests came following an investigation by the Jamestown Police Narcotics Investigations Unit, the New York State Police CNET and other members of the Jamestown Police Department. He said that at about 10:30 Tuesday morning, police executed a search warrant at 520 Newland Ave. and arrested 40 year-old April Matteson and 46 year-old Jay Campbell – both of Jamestown – along with 33 year-old Jaime Condella of Frewsburg. All three were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child, as an underage female was in the home at the time.
Samuelson says that police also found drug paraphernalia, including packaging and needles, throughout the apartment. The police captain also said that this is the first confirmed instance in the City of Jamestown where a drug suspected to be heroin has tested positive for Fentanyl. The drug is typically prescribed to cancer patients as a last resort and can be 10 to 100 times stronger than morphine and 30 times stronger than heroin. A heroin user unknowingly ingesting Fentanyl or a Fentanyl/heroin mixture may easily overdose due to the increased potency of Fentanyl.