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Two more charged from early-morning raid

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - Updated: 4:08 AM

By ALISSA SCOTT

alissa.scott@recordernews.com

The final two suspects associated with a drug raid early Friday morning were located and arrested by the Amsterdam Police Department later that afternoon.

After a two-month investigation, authorities arrested a total of seven people and searched two homes for cocaine and heroin in Amsterdam early this morning.

Det. Lt. Kurt Conroy said officers searched the suspected address of Jean Carlos Arce-Santiago and Elizabeth Perez but did not locate them during the raid.

According to a news release, the pair had both recently moved and were taken into custody after police found them.

Arce-Santiago, 26, of 159 Division St., Apartment 2, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, for alleged heroin sales.

Perez, 28, of the same address, was also charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, for alleged heroin sales.

During the 6 a.m. raid, officers seized more than half-ounce of cocaine, approximately $3,400, and various drug paraphernalia from two locations in the city, Conroy said.

The Amsterdam Police Department was joined by the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and Montgomery County Sheriff's Regional SWAT team and department in executing two search warrants for the second-floor of 183 Church St. and 49 James St.

Arrested earlier that morning were:

* Angel Rodriquez-Morales, 28, of the first-floor of 49 James St. He was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, for alleged heroin sales.

* Giovania Matias, 38, of the same address, was also charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, for alleged heroin sales.

* Steven Velasquez, 26, of 31 Carmichael St., Apartment 2, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for cocaine sales, a class B felony, and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, for allegedly possessing more than half an ounce of cocaine during the warrant service.

Velasquez also had an outstanding bench warrant from Amsterdam City Count for failure to appear.

* Vivian Rivera, 28, of 11 Clinton St., Apartment 1, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, for alleged cocaine sales; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

* Denise Reyes, 40, of 92 Union St., Apartment 2, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, for alleged cocaine sales.

The seven arrested defendants were held for arraignment in Amsterdam City Court before Judge Howard M. Aison, who signed the arrest and search warrants.

Montgomery County District Attorney James Conboy assisted in the investigation.

     

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