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Police say Rotterdam drug delivery halted

Police say Rotterdam drug delivery halted

Local police and federal agents stopped a planned delivery of cocaine and heroin this week, authorit

Local police and federal agents stopped a planned delivery of cocaine and heroin this week, authorities said.

The incident happened Wednesday in Schenectady, according to papers filed in U.S. District Court in Albany.

Arrested and charged federally with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance was Anthony Ayala of Brooklyn, age unavailable.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration developed information indicating Ayala would be delivering more than 100 grams of heroin and more than 400 grams of cocaine to a location on West Campbell Avenue in Rotterdam.

Armed with that information, authorities watched Ayala arrive in a 2008 Cadillac, according to papers. Then DEA agents and Schenectady police officers used a drug-detection dog that alerted them to the presence of drugs in the vehicle.

The exact location of the stop was not identified. Also not identified was exactly how much heroin and cocaine was found.

Authorities did say the drugs were in the trunk, each in its own package.

After his arrest, Ayala told authorities he had recently purchased the car, showing paperwork to confirm that. He had, however, registered the car in someone else’s name.

A second person was in the car with Ayala at the time of the stop. Authorities said Ayala told them the passenger “had nothing to do with this.” There was no indication a second person had been arrested.

Ayala appeared Friday in U.S. District Court in Albany and was ordered held without bail. He reserved the right to have a full detention hearing later.

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