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Police: Schenectady drug raid results in arrest of nine

Police: Schenectady drug raid results in arrest of nine

A second, unrelated, raid last week resulted in the arrest of two others
Police: Schenectady drug raid results in arrest of nine
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SCHENECTADY - A city police drug raid last week resulted in the arrest of nine people on drug charges, authorities said.

The raid happened just before 7:30 p.m. last Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 705 Orchard St. in Schenectady after a drug investigation, authorities said.

Once inside, police found 23 bags of heroin and 2.89 grams of crack cocaine, prosecutor Jessica Lorusso said Monday.

Police also found the drugs out in the open, resulting in possession charges against each of the nine people police found inside, Lorusso said. 

Police and court records identified those charged as: Jeremy Ozuna, 24, of the Bronx; Nathan Lawyer, 24, of Schenectady; Jose A. Padilla, 56, of Second Avenue, Schenectady; Kora N. Kluge, 28, of 705 Orchard St., Schenectady; Frankie Delannoys, 22, of the Bronx; Robin Gwinn, 54, of 705 Orchard St., Schenectady; Joseph Mejas, 24, of the Bronx; Navasia Degroate, 33, of Robinson Street, Schenectady; and Emanu Gonzalez-Francis, 19, of Jefferson Street, Schenectady.

They each face two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, and one misdemeanor count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The raid was one of two last week that resulted in multiple arrests, records show. Police also raided an address on Crane Street, a business, the day after the Orchard Street raid. 

Police raided 909 Crane St. on Sept. 4, an address prosecutor Eamonn Neary identified as a business called Flawless Exchange.

There, police arrested Lisa M. Medina, 37, of McClyman Street, Schenectady, and Shardar A. Tisdale, 29, of Robinwood Avenue, Rotterdam.

They are accused of possessing heroin, MDMA and cocaine at the location and of selling crack cocaine in Schenectady last month, according to police allegations filed in court.

Medina faces two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, in addition to three misdemeanors.

Tisdale faces the same charges with two additional counts each of third-degree criminal possession and sale counts related to allegations he sold cocaine in July and on a second occasion in August, according to the police allegations.

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