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Five face charges in drug sting

Friday, August 08, 2014 - Updated: 10:16 AM

Five Amsterdam residents were arrested Thursday morning during a city drug sweep that was the culmination of a six-month investigation.

The Amsterdam Police Department in conjunction with the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the Montgomery County District Attorney's office, executed two search warrants and four arrest warrants for suspects allegedly selling drugs in Amsterdam around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Search warrants were executed at 39 Elizabeth St. and the first floor of 259 Division St. The following arrests were made:

* Elizabeth Willsey, 30, of 39 Elizabeth St., was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. According to police, more than 5 grams of cocaine, glassine envelopes of heroin, and more than $800 in cash was confiscated.

* Shayzon Taylor, 30, of 259 Division St., was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

* Carol Drescher, 31, of 358 Division St, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana. According to police, Drescher was in possession of more than 10 grams of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana.

* Trevon Williams, 21, of 22 Northampton Road, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

* Preston (PJ) Beverly, 48, of 72 Mechanic St., was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Beverly was arrested during an unrelated investigation, police said. He was reportedly wanted for heroin sales in the city and was found in possession of 27 glassine envelopes of heroin and $885 in cash.

All of the defendants were arraigned in city court before the Hon. Lisa Lorman. Additional arrests are possible and the investigation is continuing.

-- Casey Croucher

     

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