Five people were taken into custody on drug charges following early morning raids in Amsterdam on Wednesday.
Police executed arrest and search warrants at four separate locations and seized a half-pound of cocaine, more than 1.5 pounds of marijuana, $8,700 in cash and drug paraphernalia and guns, according to a release from the Amsterdam Police Department.
The arrests stem from a four-month investigation into cocaine and heroin sales. Five additional arrests are pending, according to the release.
Those charged Wednesday are as follows:
• Edwin Feliciano, 47, and Nereida Padilla, 52, both of 217 Brookside Ave. 1st floor, were charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
• Orestes Andino, 43, of 9 Bayard St., 2nd floor, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
• Jose Carrero, 24, of 100 Virgina Lane, Apt. E-5, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
• James Passaniti, 27, of 46 Storrie St., 1st Floor, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
Participating in the investigation and arrests were the State Police, Montgomery County Sheriff's Department and Amsterdam Police.