The investigation that led to a Clifton Park man’s arrest last week on felony drug-sale charges began a year earlier with a tip that individuals were traveling to New York City to purchase cocaine to sell in Saratoga County, according to a new federal court filing.
The information comes as part of a federal attempt to seize a 2006 BMW connected to accused drug dealer Steven Gallego.
Gallego, 27, of Orchard Park Drive, was arrested last week by Saratoga County Sheriff’s deputies on multiple drug charges, including a top count of second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
His arrest followed what sheriff’s officials called a lengthy investigation that included a raid on a Saratoga Springs residence linked to him.
The investigation began in April 2014 with the tip, according to the seizure filing. After undercover work, deputies had a confidential informant. The investigation began to zero in on Gallego in late October as he allegedly agreed to sell an ounce of cocaine for $1,100, according to paperwork filed in court.
The alleged sale was monitored by sheriff’s deputies and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. A second sale was set up for November, that one involving $550 of the drug, the filing reads.
By Nov. 24, investigators had a search warrant for the Saratoga Springs residence connected to Gallego, and they raided it Dec. 3.
Outside the residence was the vehicle authorities are trying to seize, alleging it was used in drug trafficking. Inside the residence was Gallego and a woman. Gallego soon directed agents to an audio speaker box in the living room between the sofa and a chair. On top was a bag containing 17 grams of cocaine, according to paperwork. Gallego also pointed agents to a juice mixer on the kitchen counter. Inside, agents found a small amount of cash and nine assorted pills.
Both the woman and Gallego have laid claim to the vehicle. Their attorney is listed as Terence Kindlon, who did not return calls for comment for this story.
Gallego’s charges were filed in Saratoga Springs City Court. He was ordered held on $15,000 bail.