Schenectady County

Raid nets 100 grams of cocaine

A police drug raid Thursday netted one suspect and more than 100 grams of cocaine worth up to $10,00
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A police drug raid Thursday netted one suspect and more than 100 grams of cocaine worth up to $10,000, authorities said.

Police and federal agents raided the house at 1054 Park Ave. around noon after a four-month investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Erin Mulvey said.

Eric Brown, 31, was arrested at the Park Avenue address, Mulvey said. Brown faces one count of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Authorities began investigating Brown after receiving a tip four months ago, Mulvey said. “He had over 100 grams in his possession, so that’s information to us that he is a big distributor.”

Photos of the raid taken by a neighbor show officers in protective gear and one man being led away.

One hundred grams equals about 3.5 ounces. A state police official last year placed the value of an ounce of cocaine at about $1,200. Mulvey estimated the drugs to have a value of between $6,000 and $10,000.

Brown was arrested as part of a joint federal-state-local investigation. Mulvey said she was unsure if more arrests are expected.

The arrest follows four earlier this month in a similar operation. Mulvey said that investigation was separate from Thursday’s operation.

In that case, Oscar Mora, 30, formerly of Albany, and Kerry Kirkem, 40, formerly of Long Island, were charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, accused of running a large-scale drug operation.

Also charged in that case were Gary Cherny, 24, formerly of Schenectady and Misty Gallo, 23, no address available.

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