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Three men arrested after Wednesday morning Schenectady raid

Three men arrested after Wednesday morning Schenectady raid

The arrests were the result of what police said was a "lengthy investigation."
Three men arrested after Wednesday morning Schenectady raid
From the left: Benjamin, Gero, Shields
Photographer: Schenectady Police Department (insets); Shutterstock (background)

SCHENECTADY -- An early Wednesday morning police drug raid ended in the arrest of three men for having possession of heroin, crack cocaine and other drugs, according to police press release.

According to the press release, police found 20.1 grams of heroin, 13.21 grams of crack cocaine, 19 saboxin pills and 5 alprazolam pills after executing a search warrant on the home on Third Avenue. 

Police also said they recovered an electronic stun gun.

There were three people inside the home during the 6 a.m. bust. Police arrested city residents Yousef Benjamin, 28, William Shields, 58, and Harold Gero, 37, after executing a search warrant at a home on Third Avenue. Benjamin faces felonies, while Shields and Gero face misdemeanors.

Benjamin was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.

Shields faces one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Benjamin, Shields and Gero were all charged with misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police said the arrests were the result of a "lengthy investigation" by the Schenectady Special Investigations Unit and the New York State Police's Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.

All three men were being held in Schenectady Police Department lock-up as they wait for an arraignment, police said.

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