Three Charged After Crack Cocaine, Young Child Found in Forest Avenue Raid

Three Jamestown residents were taken into custody as the result of a drug raid early Monday afternoon on the city's south side. Members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the upper apartment of 341 Forest Avenue shortly after 12:15 PM with assistance from the Jamestown Police SWAT Team. Officers say 18-year-old Gerald Samuels, Jr., 19-year-old Janya Samuels, 21-year-old Simeon Leeper, Jr. and a two-year-old child were located inside the residence. Detectives searched the apartment and found 12.3 grams of crack cocaine inside the kitchen. The two Samuels and Leeper -- who is currently on New York State Parole -- were taken to the Jamestown City Jail, where Gerald Samuels was also allegedly found to possess 9.2 grams of fentanyl. All three suspects were charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and Gerald Samuels was also charged with 4th- and 5th-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The three are being held pending arraignment in Jamestown City Court. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, Dunkirk Police Department and Jamestown Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Pictured, from left to right: Gerald Samuels, Jr., Janya Samuels, Simeon Leeper, Jr. Photos by the Jamestown Police Department

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