JAMESTOWN – JPD Chief Harry Snellings said he and the department have heard nothing “officially or unofficially” as of Monday night about a Federal grant aimed at augmenting anti-illegal drug trafficking in Chautauqua County.
Snellings said he learned about the county’s designation as a “high intensity drug trafficking” area from news reports.
The chief said he “was not in the loop,” when US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced money from Washington was headed here. This, he added, was in spite of the fact that city police have been part of numerous “arrests and incidents”- more than any other force in the county.
Schumer’s news release said the designation came because of “a disturbing uptick” in local Heroin use and drug-related crime.