NY man arrested on drug charges

A New York man wanted in Warren County for selling drugs was picked up Wednesday in Chautauqua County.

John P. Houser, 21, of Westfield, N.Y., is charged in Warren County magisterial court with two counts of possession with intent to deliver and one of criminal use of a communication facility.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Houser accepted an electronic payment of $490 from a confidential informant working with the Warren County Drug Task Force in exchange for one-half ounce of methamphetamine on Aug 19, 2019, and $500 for another half-ounce of methamphetamine on Aug. 28. Both controlled buys were conducted in Sugar Grove, according to the affidavit.

Police said Houser delivered 14 grams of methamphetamine during the first controlled buy and 12 grams during the second.

The criminal complaint was filed Feb. 12.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Houser was taken into custody without incident by Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies.

According to a police release regarding the arrest, Houser was found in Westfield at 2 p.m.

“Houser was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree,” police said.

Participating in the arrest were Chautauqua County sheriff’s office, Westfield Police Department, the Chautauqua County Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and ATF.

“Further charges may be pending following a subsequent investigation with the ATF,” according to the release from the Chautauqua County sheriff’s office.


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