Former hoops star faces new drug charges

A former Gloversville High School and Fulton-Montgomery Community College basketball star is in trou
Joshua Tesi
Joshua Tesi

A former Gloversville High School and Fulton-Montgomery Community College basketball star is in trouble with the law again after police said they found half a kilo of cocaine in his vehicle Wednesday.

Amsterdam city police Lt. Thomas DiMezza said city officers and members of the state police Criminal Narcotics Enforcement Team stopped a car driven by Joshua M. Tesi, 26, of 70 Wells St., Gloversville, on state Route 5 near the city of Amsterdam’s Public Safety Building about 8:15 a.m. because the car had illegally tinted windows.

During a subsequent search of the car by a drug-sniffing dog from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, DiMezza said, officers discovered and seized the cocaine, which they said is worth about $18,000 on the street.

DiMezza said Tesi’s arrest is a significant one for the area.

He said some officers work their entire career without ever seeing that much cocaine at once.

“Gloversville is going to see a decrease in cocaine sales, and I can tell you that half a kilo [a little more than a pound] of cocaine is not something that you come across every day. I’ve only seen half a kilo three or four times, and I’m involved in drug cases,” DiMezza said. “That’s a lot of drugs. He’s in a heap of trouble.”

Tesi was charged with felony counts of possession of more than 4 ounces of cocaine and third-degree possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. He was arraigned in Amsterdam City Court and sent to the Montgomery County jail without bail.

This is not Tesi’s first arrest.

He was arrested in February 2004 for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance after police found 64.5 grams of cocaine, 26 doses of Ecstasy, $16,640 and various drug paraphernalia in his Gloversville residence.

Tesi was sentenced in November of that year to 21⁄2 to seven years in prison. He was released on parole in June 2005 and was released from parole on June 23, 2007.

“He’s facing a substantial sentence in state prison this time around,” DiMezza said. “The court doesn’t take too lightly you coming back with the same charges against you.”

The Gloversville High School basketball team finished Tesi’s senior year in 1999 with a 21-3 record. The team won the Foothills Conference and advanced to the Section II Class B championship where it lost to Glens Falls.

Tesi then played basketball at Fulton-Montgomery Community College and earned a scholarship to Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. He left the team after two games.

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