One of two men accused in one of Niskayuna’s largest drug busts was sentenced this morning to eight years in prison.
Gregory Trantham, 35, pleaded guilty earlier this year to second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a high-level drug felony.
A second man wanted in the May 11, 2007, police raid on Crescent Road has yet to be captured, officials confirmed today. Handiel Tesheira, 30, was not there at the time. He is wanted on gun charges.
The raid itself netted an estimated $26,000 in cocaine, one of the largest Niskayuna seizures in memory, authorities said. Police also seized cars, jewelry and cash, much of which was placed on display at a news conference following the raid.
Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago this morning noted that Trantham has a criminal history, though largely in the 1990s.
She also noted that he is devoted to his two daughters and sets high standards for them.
“I can’t understand why you can’t channel that same energy and moral tenetss you set for your family, why they don’t apply to you,” Drago said.
Trantham, who was arrested driving away from the raided home, expressed remorse for his actions, according to his attorney, Thomas DeLorenzo.
Inside Trantham’s car, authorities found a bag containing 22 ounces of cocaine, according to the federal filing. In the home, police said at the time, they found two 9 mm handguns, more than $25,000 in cash and jewelry valued at $55,000.
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