Amsterdam cops seize heroin, cocaine, charge two

Police seized 200 units of heroin and 80 grams of crack cocaine Wednesday after a search that stemme
Police say they recovered this package, which contained heroin, at top, and crack cocaine, during a traffic stop near New York State Thruway Exit 27 in Amsterdam.
Police say they recovered this package, which contained heroin, at top, and crack cocaine, during a traffic stop near New York State Thruway Exit 27 in Amsterdam.

Police seized 200 units of heroin and 80 grams of crack cocaine Wednesday after a search that stemmed from a traffic stop.

Matthew D. Berrios, 19, of Brooklyn, and Michael J. Sierra, 22, of Queens, were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class-B felony, according to the Amsterdam Police Department.

Police allege Berrios failed to signal a turn when he got off the state Thruway at Exit 27. After pulling them over, police learned the car was a rental and neither Berrios nor Sierra were authorized to drive the car, according to police.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office police dog Bear led police to a bag where the drugs were found, police said. Amsterdam Police Lt. Thomas DiMezza said the find was “significant,” but not the biggest the department’s seen.

“It is a lot,” DiMezza said.

The drugs probably cost $4,500 wholesale, and the street value from there “goes up considerably,” DiMezza said.

Berrios and Sierra were sent to the Montgomery County Jail without bail, police said.

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