A Montgomery County grand jury returned indictments Thursday against five Amsterdam residents, three alleging drug sales, one welfare fraud and one with felony driving while intoxicated.
Leo J. Gardner, 34, of Pulaski Street, Amsterdam was indicted on five counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. It is alleged Gardner sold cocaine to an informant on five occasions between February and April in the city of Amsterdam.
In other indictments returned to Judge Guy Tomlinson:
- Alan J. Shaw Jr., 30, of Reid Street, Amsterdam, faces two counts each of third-degree criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance. It is alleged Shaw sold cocaine on two occasions in May in Amsterdam.
- Miguel A. Colon, 38, of Division Street, Amsterdam, is charged with single counts of third-degree criminal sale and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. It is alleged he sold heroin to an informant Feb. 24 in Amsterdam.
Colon was also indicted on charges of second-degree assault, resisting arrest and criminal impersonation after he allegedly fought with a Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy attempting to arrest him. Officials said the deputy suffered injuries to both knees and one hand.
Colon also attempted to provide the officer with a false identity, the indictment alleges.
- Yajaira Rivera, 30, of Morris Street, Amsterdam, is charged with third-degree welfare fraud, first-degree offering a false document for filing and third-degree grand larceny. It is alleged she provided false information that allowed her to collect more than $3,000 in welfare benefits during a five-month period last year when she lived in the town of Mohawk.
- Thomas Chapman, 41, of McDonnell Street, Amsterdam, is charged with felony driving while intoxicated stemming from a Feb. 20 traffic stop in the city of Amsterdam.