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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York
Trini E. Ross, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Friday, October 27, 2023

Jamestown Man Arrested, Charged by Criminal Complaint with Drug and Gun Charges

BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Samuel L. Arrington, III, 41, of Jamestown, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of life and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis A. Testani, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on Oct. 12, 2023, New York State Parole Officers conducted a detail at Arrington’s King Street residence. Probation officers knocked on Arrington’s door, several minutes later he answered and exited onto the front porch, and probation officers conducted a “pat down” of Arrington but found no contraband. Probation officers then searched a bedroom in the residence and recovered quantities of suspected cocaine and fentanyl, a large amount of cash, a shotgun, and ammunition. Subsequently, the Chautauqua County Narcotics Unit, Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and probation officers executed a search warrant at the residence, recovering another firearm, a .38 caliber revolver.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven multi-agency approach.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Frank Tarentino, III, New York Field Division; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of John B. DeVito, Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Division; the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, under the direction of Jamestown Police Chief Timothy Jackson; the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff James Quattrone; and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, under the direction of Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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