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Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014 11:30 pm

OLEAN — Olean police officers arrested four during a drug raid at a North Fourth Street home early Saturday morning.

Acting on a drug search warrant, authorities entered the home of Jaci Gibbons, at 427 N. First St., at 12:15 a.m., police found 50 bags of cocaine valued at $5,000, two bags of heroin valued at $50 and a small amount of marijuana, cash and drug paraphernalia.

Gibbons, 28, was taken into custody for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; criminal possession of a hypodermic needle, a class A misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana. Marcus A. Turner, 30, of Buffalo was charged with third-degree escape and obstruction of governmental administration, both class A misdemeanors. Keenan J. Wagner, 28, of 2797 Fairview Ave., was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic needle, both class A misdemeanors. Derek P. Brantley, 25, of 3095 Rt. 16, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest, both class A misdemeanors.

Olean Police Capt. Robert Blovsky said no one was injured during the raid.

Police had investigated the North First Street residence for about a month before acting upon the search warrant, Capt. Blovsky said.

“You never know what’s really going to be inside,” he said. “You never know what you’re going to find ... whether we’re going to hit the jackpot, or find nothing.”

Upon entering the home, Wagner was found in possession of a hypodermic needle and two bags of cocaine. Brantley fled after being found in possession of prescription pills, but was apprehended following a short pursuit on foot. Turner also fled after being handcuffed, but was apprehended following a short pursuit on foot. Brantley and Wagner were on parole and were issued arrest warrants for violation of parole. Turner was also on parole.

“It was pretty icy, so I don’t think they got too far,” Capt. Blovsky said. “We do as much preparation as we can, but we never can tell —we’ve just go to be ready.”

Capt. Blovsky said Turner, Wagner and Brantley were held with no bail, while Gibbons was held in lieu of $25,000.

All four were arraigned Saturday before Judge Mountain. They must appear before Judge Mountain on Tuesday for felony charge hearings.

Capt.. Blovsky encourages anyone with information any type of drug activity to call either 376-5672, or 376-5673. Callers can remain anonymous if they wish.

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