Media Press Release - Operation Fall Cleanup

News from Sheriff's Office, Posted on Fri, 10/07/2016 - 1:42pm
Image of Press Release from the Gowanda Police Department

Image of Press Release from the Gowanda Police Department

As part of the Gowanda Police Departments and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force's ongoing investigations into illegal narcotic sales in the Village, members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force-Olean Office, Gowanda Police Department, Cattaraugus County Sheriffs Office and the New York State Police executed Arrest Warrants on 4 Individuals that sold Illegal narcotics in the Village of Gowanda. The arrests all took place simultaneously early this morning as part of a group round up. This capped off a 8 month investigation of suspects selling Heroin, Cocaine, Fentanyl and other controlled substances (pills). Two more additional arrests are pending as part
of this investigation.

The following individuals were arrested on October 3, 2016 and all were arraigned in the Town of Persia Court . Bail was set on all the individuals at $5,000 cash and $10,000 property bond All subjects were remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail pending further court proceedings.

All Four have been charged with 2 counts each of Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance Third Degree with intent to selL All charges are Class B Felonies.

  • Tina M. Ganschow - Age 53 of East Main Street, Gowanda, NY
  • Michael Smith - Age 43 of Chestnut Street, Gowanda. NY
  • George A Kennedy - Age 26 of St Johns Street, Gowanda, NY
  • Travis L Neu - Age 27 of Rt 20, Silver Creek, NY

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force-Olean is comprised of officers from Gowanda PD, Cattaraugus County Sheriffs Office, Salamanca PD and the New York State Police. Anyone with information into the illegal narcotic sales is asked to call the task force tip line at 716-373-2773.

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