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Springville man caught after chase is charged with drug dealing

A Springville man was charged with drug dealing early Saturday in the Village of Gowanda.

James A. Wheat, 24, of East Main Street, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance not in the original container and second-degree obstructing governmental administration.

Gowanda police were called to East Main Street about 2:30 a.m. to investigate a disturbance and possible drug dealing. When officers arrived at the scene, Wheat tried to run away, police said.

Wheat, who was captured after a brief foot chase, is accused of possessing more than six grams of suspected cocaine, as well as narcotic pills, a spring-loaded knife and $1,200 in cash.

he is in Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.