Six arrested in connection to fatal overdoses in the Northern Chautauqua County area

Posted at 9:39 AM, May 18, 2017

Six people were arrested and 21 grams of uncut fentanyl were found Wednesday afternoon in the Town of Hanover.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office SWAT team executed a search warrant at 12211 Alleghany Road where they found a group of people in their twenties and several different types of drugs and related items.

In addition to the 21 grams of uncut fentanyl, authorities also found cocaine, concentrated cannabis, suboxone, scales, a large amount of U.S. currency, one rifle and packaging materials.

These arrests are part of a larger investigation into several overdoses, two of which have been fatal, in the northern Chautauqua County area. The Southern Tier Drug Task Force issued a warning earlier this week about a lethal batch of heroin obtained in Northern Chautauqua County. Investigators say it may be contaminated with substances that cause it to be more potent than what users have previously consumed.

Related link: Eight people fatally overdose on opioids since Saturday in Erie County

The following people were arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third and fourth degrees. All are being held in Chautauqua County Jail on $75,000 cash bail/$150,000 property bond, except James Hurley who is held on $100,000 cash bail/$200,000 property bond.

  • Adam Mox, 22
  • James Hurley, 23
  • Nicholas Shambo, 21
  • Amber Roush, 21
  • Joy Sprague, 22
  • Mikayla Miller, 22