Apparent drug lab investigated Monday in Schenectady; Discovered during eviction

Schenectady firefighters and Schenectady County Sheriffs deputies at the scene Monday.

Schenectady firefighters and Schenectady County Sheriffs deputies at the scene Monday.

SCHENECTADY — Schenectady County Sheriff’s deputies executing an eviction on Monday stumbled upon an apparent drug lab on Schenectady’s Northside. 

Officers arrived at 9:30 a.m. at the Netherlands Village apartment complex in the city’s Goose Hill neighborhood to execute an eviction at 1455 Dorwaldt Blvd., Building 7, Apt. 9, and discovered the apartment contained some type of hazardous material, according to Sgt. Valentin Arreola of the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office.

At the scene, Arreola would not disclose what type of material was discovered, but noted officers called in the Schenectady Fire Department’s hazmat team and were waiting on a state hazmat response team to respond at around 11 a.m.

Sheriff Dominic Dagostino arrived on scene a short while later, but refused to talk to a Daily Gazette reporter at the scene. 

Officials in a release later, however, described deputies as encountering “what appeared to be laboratory equipment consistent with drug manufacturing.”

Deputies retreated from the apartment and notified the Schenectady Fire Department. Deputies also evacuated several adjacent apartments and buildings.

Sheriff’s officials also called in the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team.

Deputies on scene were evaluated by the Schenectady Fire Department as a precaution. There were no injuries related to exposure to hazardous materials, according to the release.

Emergency personnel at the scene were seen setting up tents and putting on hazmat suits as they prepared to enter the home. 

Investigators soon located the tenant’s vehicle, parked on a nearby city street, officials said. 

Materials recovered from both the apartment and the vehicle through a search warrant were still in the process of being identified later Monday, according to the release.

The hazardous materials were secured by the emergency response team. The investigation was continuing and charges against the tenant could be filed, according to the release.

Residents of the apartment complex were taken by surprise by the heavy police presence, including Finnley Silveria and Blanca Torres, who said the complex is relatively quite, as they watched things unfold from across the street.

“My son has lived here for two years,” Torres said, “and I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Assisting the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office was the Schenectady County Emergency Management Office, New York State Police in Princetown, the state police emergency response team, the New York State Police Bomb Disposal Unit, Schenectady Police Department, Mohawk Ambulance, Schenectady County Hazmat Team and the Capital District Transportation Authority.

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.  

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One Comment

William Marincic

When you constantly attack the Sheriff do you wonder why he won’t talk to you. I doubt you will run this but I don’t blame him. 

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