Man faces drug charge after Van Vranken Avenue raid

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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Israel C. Torres
Israel C. Torres

— A lengthy joint investigation culiminated in a raid this morning on a Van Vranken Avenue home that has been raided three times in the last year and a half.

Officers in the Schenectady Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit and Special Operations Squad executed a search warrant at 1513 Van Vranken Ave., where they arrested Israel Torres, 47. The warrant was produced following a joint investigation by the Capital District DEA Task Force and SIU.

Torres was charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony.

As part of the search, a rifle and a small amount of drugs were recovered. A dog belonging to the occupants was shot and killed in the raid, but no people were injured.

The investigation is open and additional charges could be brought.

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October 15, 2012
9 p.m.
Will1960 says...

This kind of force is the way drugs are handle in the inner city. Why do you suppose these raids are never conducted in Niskayuna, Glenville or Loudonville? Because they don't use drugs in those community? The answer goes straight to the issue of how racist our drug laws are applied to poor minorites and well-to-do whites.

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