JAMESTOWN – An eighth suspect was arrested today and more than 100 mature marijuana plants, was seized in a continuing crackdown by city police on a Southern Tier pot ring.
Marijuana and cocaine, long guns and a large amount of marijuana growing equipment also was taken from the home of Patrick S. Silk, 49, of 834 Lafayette St., police said.
Silk was arrested about 11:30 a.m., police said, after investigators received a tip that the power supply at his home had been tampered with – a key indication that suspects were trying to hide the extra power needed to grow marijuana plants indoors.
Police Capt. Robert Samuelson told The Buffalo News that the arrest of Silk, who is being held in city lockup pending his initial arraignment, is linked to the arrests last Thursday of five men and two women and the seizure that day of about 700 marijuana plants, 14 pounds of dried marijuana, more than three dozen long guns and a handgun, cash and various pot-growing gear worth more than $20,000 in Jamestown and Busti.
Silk was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, unlawfully growing marijuana, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), theft of services, endangering the welfare of a child found in his home and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Those arrested last week were Angel L. Pacheco, 37, and Gloria M. Pacheco, 32, both of Barrows Street, Jamestown; Eric R. Truver, 22, and Jillian E. Hilton, 22, both of Water Street, Jamestown; and David P. Truver, 51, of Lafayette Street, father of the younger Truver; and Mark A. Truver, 54, of East First Street, and his brother, Scott B. Truver, 44, of Big Tree Road, both Busti. The Truver brothers are cousins of the Jamestown Truver, police said.
Anyone with information about illegal drug sales in the city is asked to contact the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 483-8477 (TIPS).