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Woman withdraws claim she was strip-searched by Albany cops

Woman withdraws claim she was strip-searched by Albany cops

A Troy woman who alleged she was unlawfully strip-searched in February by Albany police has withdraw

A Troy woman who alleged she was unlawfully strip-searched in February by Albany police has withdrawn her federal lawsuit against the city.

Crystal Royal, 22, of Hoosick Street, withdrew the claim last week after she pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to possess and sell narcotics.

Royal had filed the notice of claim in March alleging she was unlawfully searched after she was stopped on Interstate 787 and charged with conspiring to possess and sell narcotics. Royal was subsequently arrested Oct. 1 on charges of third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

In a prepared statement, Chief James W. Tuffey said the "conviction of Royal and her withdrawal of her notice of claim exonerates our officers."

"Unfortunately conclusions are sometimes drawn about officers' conduct well before a case is fully investigated, and I am pleased with the outcome of Ms. Royal's case," he said.

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