Schenectady

Schenectady man faces drug charges after raid

'There’s no charges on anyone else, just him'
A suspect is escorted to a patrol car after a raid by the Schenectady Police Special Operations Squad on Feb. 17, 2017.
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A suspect is escorted to a patrol car after a raid by the Schenectady Police Special Operations Squad on Feb. 17, 2017.

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One Schenectady man was arrested in a drug raid at 1659 Avenue A on Feb. 17, police said.

Aaron J. Washington, 44, was charged with three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance; fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; willful defacement of weapons and dangerous instruments; and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies; as well as promoting prison contraband, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marihuana, a violation.

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Police said they found a loaded .22 caliber handgun, with the serial number removed; approximately 5 grams of cocaine; and $2,000 in cash while executing the search warrant.

There was one adult female and three children between the ages of 14-18 inside the residence during the search, police said. All four were released and are not facing any charges.

Schenectady Police Department Sgt. Matt Dearing said the adult female is not being considered an accomplice in Washington’s alleged drug operation.

“There’s no charges on anyone else, just him,” said Dearing.

Asked if the other individuals were ever arrested or placed in handcuffs, Dearing said it’s possible.

“If they were inside the residence when the SOS team executed the search warrant it’s very possible that they were,” he said. 

He added that Washington and his place of residence was the focus of the police investigation, and that investigators are working to determine where in the city he allegedly sold drugs. 

“That’s part of the investigation,” said Dearing. “Just because he was arrested doesn’t mean the investigation is completed.”

Washington was held overnight in Schenectady city lock-up and was arraigned by this morning, police said. Washington was sent to the Schenectady County Jail pending a future court date.

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