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Seven charged in local drug raids

August 23, 2013
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - Authorities arrested seven people on drug-related charges in raids in the city and the town of Johnstown on Thursday, seizing more than $4,000 worth of drugs and nearly $7,000 in cash.

Authorities said they suspect two of the people arrested are gang members.

Authorities executed six search warrants and five arrest warrants, city police said.

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A?Gloversville police officer transports Maurice “Mo/Big Homie” Wallace to the Fulton County Courthouse in Johnstown on Thursday after Wallace was arrested. (The Leader-Herald/Levi Pascher)

Authorities said four warrants were executed at 3 and 5 E. Eighth Ave. and 88 Fremont St., upstairs and downstairs. During the search of an apartment on 5 East Eighth Ave., Maurice "Mo/Big Homie" Wallace, 31, who police said is a member of the Bloods street gang, was found with crack cocaine and approximately $5,000 in cash.

He was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony.

Wallace was arraigned before Fulton County Judge Richard Giardino and remanded to the Fulton County Jail without bail.

Debra Hayes, 53, of 3 E. Eighth Ave., was charged with first-degree criminal nuisance, a felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Hayes was released on an appearance ticket.

Police said this morning no charges have resulted from the warrant executed at 88 Fremont St.

Authorities said the next search warrant was conducted at 57 Steele Ave. A?tenant, Darnell "D" Alston, 41, was found with cocaine and approximately $200 in cash.

Police said Alston was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. He was arraigned by Giardino and remanded to the Fulton County Jail without bail.

Next, an arrest warrant for Clyde Jones, 47, based on a Fulton County Court indictment, was executed at 14 Curtis St.

Jones was taken into custody on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, both felonies., police said.

Jones was arraigned before Giardino and remanded to the Fulton County Jail without bail.

Police said an arrest warrant for Marvin "Loco" McLaurin, 25, based on a Fulton County Court indictment, was executed at 2552 Route 29 in the town of Johnstown.

The indictment charged McLaurin, an alleged member of the Bloods street gang, with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony.

McLaurin was arraigned before Giardino and remanded to the Fulton County Jail without bail.

During a subsequent search warrant executed at McLaurin's residence, police said, search teams found crack cocaine, prescription narcotics, marijuana and approximately $1,600 in cash.

Police said arrest teams then went to 28 Chestnut St. to arrest Toni Borromeo, 37, on a Fulton County Court indictment. Borromeo was taken into custody on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, also a felony.

Borromeo was arraigned before Giardino and sent to the Fulton County Jail without bail.

Authorities said arrest teams then went to 69 Hill St. and arrested Mark Atty, 24, on a Fulton County Court indictment charging him with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Atty was arraigned before Giardino and remanded to the Fulton County Jail without bail.

Members of the Gloversville Police Department, Johnstown Police Department and New York State Police, including the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and Special Response Team, participated in the raids and arrests.

City Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said this morning the agencies began executing searches around 5 a.m. Thursday.

"This was the result of a long- term investigation by our detectives division in cooperation with New York State Police," VanDeusen said.

Capt. of Detectives Anthony Clay said authorities seized mostly powder and crack cocaine, which had a total estimated street value of $4,100.

VanDeusen said no weapons were seized during the searches.

The chief said a group of people in the area has become more active in expressing gang affiliation, but that doesn't necessarily mean there are more gang members in the city.

"Taking these people off the street is important to us because not only does it enhance the quality of life for the neighborhoods for which they are living in and dealing in by getting rid of them, but it also eliminates their behind-the- scenes actions of intimidation and violence that they use to continue their efforts in the drug trade," VanDeusen said.

The chief declined to comment on the origin of the drugs from Thursday's raids because of the ongoing investigation.

"There are other suspects out there that we have warrants for, but weren't able to locate yesterday," the chief said. "Our investigators here along with the cooperating agencies from yesterday will continue to pursue these people and are following leads as we speak to locate and apprehend these individuals."

Authorities also said information and evidence gathered during Thursday's arrests and searches are expected to lead to more arrests.

VanDeusen said for several years, the city has had a problem with the presence of the illicit drugs crack and heroin, but he wouldn't classify the problem as being bigger than ever.

"I think it has been steady for the last few years," VanDeusen said about drugs in the city. "Unfortunately, now heroin is starting to come back. It was here and then disappeared for awhile, and now heroin is back, so that is concerning to us also."

Clay said the department has noticed a fall in heroin prices and an increase in cocaine prices, meaning the number of people looking for cocaine is more prevalent than those looking for heroin.

Gloversville Reporter Levi Pascher can be reached by email at lpascher@leaderherald.com.

 
 

 

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