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Police arrest 10 in Amsterdam sweep

June 10, 2011
By JOHN R. BECKER , The Leader Herald

AMSTERDAM - Ten men are in the Montgomery County Jail without bail on charges of selling drugs following an early morning sweep Thursday by city police, state police, the Montgomery County Sheriff s Department and the district attorney s office.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon at city police headquarters, Police Chief Gregory Culick, Mayor Ann Thane, state police Lt. Michael Tietz and state police Maj. Wayne C. Olsen talked about the sweep and the city's Neighborhood Watch program.

Police executed search warrants and arrest warrants signed by City Court Judge Howard M. Aison to make the arrests, which were the result of a six-month investigation.

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Amsterdam Police Chief Gregory Culick speaks from a podium during a news conference at the Amsterdam Police Station on Thursday.
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Three more suspects remain at-large, and more arrests are possible, police said.

During the investigation, police seized heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, steroids, marijuana and suboxone, a prescription medication used to treat opiate addiction. Police also seized $1,200 in cash.

All those arrested gave Amsterdam addresses, although police suspect some of them are New York City transplants.

All 10 were charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Some of them also were charged with other counts.

Three of the 10 men were picked up on search warrants:

Christopher Senquis, 36, of 2 Gardinier St., who also was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony.

Roberto Toledo, 33, of 2 Gardinier St.

Gabriel Gonzalez, 26, of 121 Mathias Ave., who also was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Six of the 10 men were picked up on arrest warrants:

Robin Vasquez, 33, of 34 Center St.

Jose A. Carrero, 22, of 48 Glen Ave., who also was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

Dixon Feliciano, 34, of 8 Swan St.

James Norfleet, 67, of 26 Wall St.

Timothy Hall, 37, of 5495 Route 30.

Luis R. Gomez, 25, of 23 Pulaski St.

The 10th suspect, Dayron Rose, 24, of 6 Vrooman Ave., was arrested while he was appearing in City Court in an unrelated matter. Rose was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Amsterdam detective Lt. Kurt Conroy said police have reason to believe two of the three suspects still at-large have left the area.

Conroy called the arrests significant.

"It's not the largest [sweep we've ever done], but we took 10 people off the street," he said.

"Our unit routinely works with the Amsterdam Police Department," state police Maj. Olsen said. "This sweep was part of a long-running relationship. We're familiar with the area and with the work that s done here."

"We've had a very active role in helping the Detective Bureau," Tietz said.

Thane commended the city and state police, and praised city residents who reported suspicious activity to the police.

"This effort sends a clear message that this activity will not be tolerated," Thane said. "If people notice any suspicious activity, they should contact the police department."

Culick praised Thane for getting the community involved through the Neighborhood Watch program.

"In the drug trade, you've got to have customers," Culick said. "Neighbors are going to keep an eye on their area for suspicious activity, such as more cars than usual going in and out."



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