Thursday, June 23, 2016

Olean man accused of selling crack cocaine

A 49-year-old Olean resident was arrested this afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m. by members of the Olean Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit for allegedly selling crack cocaine. Berry K. Armprester, 121 North 12th. Street in Olean, was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree. Both charges are B Felonies. Armprester was stopped by Investigators while he was driving on the 300 Block of Irving St. after a surveillance team spotted him leaving North 12th Street. Captain Robert Blovsky said investigators searched Armpresters vehicle after his arrest and allegedly located a bag containing a small amount of cocaine. He was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree, which is a Class A Misdemeanor. Armprester was booked in at the Olean Police Department and issued an appearance ticket for the Misdemeanor charge, then transported to the Cattaraugus County Jail to be held until he is arraigned for the felony charges. Blovsky said the arrest is the result of several months of investigation by the Street Crimes Unit and a presentation by  Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori P. Rieman to a Grand Jury. After the Grand jury indicted Armprester, an arrest warrant was signed by the Honorable Judge Ron Ploetz.