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Seven charged after Amsterdam drug sweep

Seven charged after Amsterdam drug sweep

Police wrapped up a four-month investigation into drug sales with a three-day sweep that resulted in
Seven charged after Amsterdam drug sweep
Arrested during a three-day drug sweep in Amsterdam were, top, from left, Israel Alicea, Terrance Cooke and Franklin Ramirez-Vega; Joel Torres, middle right; and bottom, from left, Agustin Cepeda, Wilfredo Dearce and Juan Roman.

Police wrapped up a four-month investigation into drug sales with a three-day sweep that resulted in seven arrests.

Amsterdam police said Friday they served six arrest warrants Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with assistance from the state parole officers, the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Those arrested were:

• Terrance Cooke, 37, of 267 Division St., charged Wednesday with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, for alleged cocaine sales

• Joel Torres, 23, of 135 Market St., charged Thursday with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for alleged cocaine sales; police also seized $696 in cash

• Agustin Cepeda, 52, of 321 E. Main St., was charged Friday with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for alleged cocaine sales

• Juan Roman, 21, of 9 Degraff St., was charged Friday with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for alleged cocaine and heroin sales

• Israel Alicea, 37, of 60 Division St, Apt. E-3, was charged Friday with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for alleged heroin sales

• Wilfredo Dearce, 23, of 28 McElwain St., was charged Friday with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for alleged heroin sales

In addition, police said they charged Franklin Ramirez-Vega, 47, while serving the warrant on Torres after they found him in possession of more than 3.5 grams of crack cocaine, as well as 70 individual packaged “bumpies” of the drug. Ramirez-Vega was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Three other people could not be located and are not being identified by police.

All seven suspects were arraigned in City Court and sent to the Montgomery County jail.

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