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2 more Schenectady County drug arrests announced

2 more Schenectady County drug arrests announced

Additional details on suspect charged in foot chase
2 more Schenectady County drug arrests announced
Anthony Derose (left) and Schamar Branch.
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SCHENECTADY — Schenectady County sheriff's investigators arrested two people earlier this week in drug cases, sheriff's officials said Thursday.

The arrests are in addition to the arrest Wednesday of a man after a foot chase in an investigation also conducted by the sheriff's office.

Anthony Derose, 23, of 1751 Avenue A, Schenectady, faces felony drug possession counts. He's accused of possessing 146 bags of what investigators determined to be fentanyl on Monday on Carrie Street, officials said.

Derose also faces an aggravated unlicensed operation charge and has several outstanding warrants from other departments, officials said. He was arraigned and ordered held without bail.

Schamar Branch, 41, of 25 Chestnut St., Schenectady, faces felony drug possession counts in connection with his arrest Tuesday, officials said. He was arraigned and ordered held without bail. 

Branch was on parole at the time, sheriff's officials say. State inmate records indicate he received five years in prison in a 2012 attempted kidnapping case in Albany County and was released in February. He was to be under supervision until 2022.

The Wednesday chase involved the arrest of Garrick Bailey, 25, of 864 Thompson St., Schenectady. 

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Sheriff's officials arrested Bailey with the help of Rotterdam and Schenectady police and charged him with felony drug sale and possession counts. He was being held without bail.

Officials said Bailey was also on parole at the time. Bailey received up to three years in prison in 2014 for a drug, identity theft and forgery case, state records show. He was to be on state supervision until September.

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