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Three charged after drug sales investigations

Three charged after drug sales investigations

Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office is cracking down on heroin sales
Three charged after drug sales investigations
L-R: James Allen, 58; Clifford C. Johnson, 48; Jeffrey A. McGough, 34. All were arrested after separate investigations.
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SCHENECTADY -- A crackdown on heroin sales by the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrests of a trio of drug dealers in the city in recent weeks.

Three men were arrested at different Schenectady residences after separate investigations, the sheriff’s office announced Friday. Officers recovered heroin, cocaine, marijuana and two weapons during the arrests, according to a prepared statement.

On Jan. 12, the sheriff’s Narcotics Unit and the Schenectady Police Department’s SWAT team arrested James Allen, 58, at 17 Moyston St. in the city. Investigators recovered 61 individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine, eight packages of heroin, a loaded 38-caliber handgun and a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, according to the police statement.

The arrest came after a one-month investigation into a drug distribution operation, police said. Allen was charged with multiple felonies and is being held in Schenectady County Jail without bail.

On Wednesday, police arrested Clifford C. Johnson, 48, of Strong Street, after a five-month investigation into a drug dealing operation. At the time of his arrest, police found Johnson to be in possession of more than 100 grams of crack cocaine. He lives at 971 Strong St. in Schenectady, police said.

He was charged with two felonies, including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, police said.

Johnson is being held in Schenectady County Jail without bail. Additional charges are expected, police said.

The Narcotics Unit also conducted a search warrant Thursday at 905 Cleveland Ave. in Schenectady, where they found cocaine and marijuana. Police arrested Jeffrey A. McGough, 34, at the residence and charged him with multiple felonies, according to the prepared statement.

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