Six charged in Amsterdam drug raid


AMSTERDAM — Six people are facing felony drug charges following a drug raid at an apartment in the city Wednesday.

According to a news release from the Amsterdam Police Department, the search warrant was executed at 5 p.m. at 9 Bayard St., Apt. 2, following a three-month investigation into the “nuisance residence.” Police said there had been numerous complaints lodged by residents in the neighborhood.

Police found Diane R. Crial, 64, of 9 Bayard St., Apt. 2, Katherine J. Deluca, 36, of 173 Northern Blvd., Hagaman, Carlos R. Rivera, 34, of 154 Guy Park Ave., Apt. 1, Thomas A. King, 36, of 211 Reed Hill Road, Fultonville and James W. Robinson, 44, of 820 Bayview Ave., Bellport inside the apartment at the time of the raid.

Inside of the apartment, police said they found quantities of crack cocaine, heroin, money and drug paraphernalia.

Police transported Crial, Deluca, Rivera, King and Robinson to the police station where they were processed and each charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony.


Police said the investigation also revealed that Deluca was wanted on two active bench warrants for failure to appear out of City Court.

The first arrest came when police observed Ohmeire J. Jones, 24, of 8 Orr St., Troy, leaving the Bayard Street apartment in a vehicle.

Police said the vehicle Jones was driving had been reported stolen earlier in the day from Kimball Street in the city.

Detectives stopped the vehicle and Jones was found to be in possession of evidence “tying him to the narcotic sales out of the Bayard Street apartment,” police said in the release. His license had also been suspended, police said.

Jones was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.


Police also determined Robinson was wanted by state parole as a parole absconder out of Albany.

All six were arraigned and remanded to Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

Bail was set as follows:

Crial and Robinson, no bail; Deluca, $50,000 cash or $100,000 bail bond; King, $50,000 cash or $100,000 bail bond; Jones, $50,000 cash or $100,000 bail bond; Rivera, $20,000 cash or $40,000 bail bond.

All were still incarcerated today at the jail.


City Police said they were assisted by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Regional SWAT Team and state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team. Montgomery County District Attorney Kelli McCloski also assisted in the investigation,