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Olean man pleads guilty to heroin, drug charges

An Olean man arrested after a foot chase pleaded guilty this week to possession with intent to distribute heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Tuesday.

On Jan. 1, 2015, Olean Police responded to a call about trespassing on North 1st Street. An officer saw Giovanni Salmonson, 26, in the area and asked him to get out of the road and onto the curb. But, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Astorga, Salmonson ran away. Officers saw him throw a black Nike drawstring bag over a fence. Police ordered Salmonson to the ground and he complied. Investigators recovered the bag and found inside it a .22 caliber revolver, 14 bags of heroin, six suboxone pills and $851 in cash, Astorga said.

The case was investigated by Olean police and the ATF.

Salmonson is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 11. He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison and a $2 million fine.


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