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Amsterdam drug raid nets 5 arrests

Saturday, October 05, 2013 - Updated: 3:08 AM

By ALISSA SCOTT

alissa.scott@recordernews.com

Authorities in Amsterdam arrested five people and searched one home for crack cocaine Friday morning after a four-month investigation.

During the raid, which started at about 5:45 a.m., police seized nearly an ounce of cocaine, approximately $3,200 in cash and various drug paraphernalia, Det. Lt. Kurt Conroy said.

The Amsterdam Police Department was joined by the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, Montgomery County Sheriff's Department and its regional SWAT team and the Montgomery County in executing four arrest warrants and one search warrant at 68 Grove St., first floor.

By press time, an additional arrest for an unlocated subject was pending.

At that location, Michael Quinones, 28, of 68 Grove St., first floor, was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, for possessing nearly an ounce of powder and crack cocaine.

Along with the cash seized, authorities also found and extracted numerous types of prescription pills during the search warrant execution.

Also arrested was Andrew Joseph, 34, of 15 Morris St. He was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, for cocaine sales.

Beverly Singletary, 48, of 182 Woodrow Road, was arrested and also charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, for crack cocaine sales.

Pedro Rosado, 20, of 10 Crane St., first floor, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, for crack cocaine sales.

Michelle Abatecola, 41, of 19 Lincoln Ave., apartment 2, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, for crack cocaine sales.

All were held for arraignment in city court that morning before Judge Howard M. Aison, who signed the search and arrest warrants.

Montgomery County District Attorney James "Jed" Conboy assisted in the investigation.

     

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