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Man pleads guilty to drug charge

August 29, 2013
The Leader Herald

FONDA - An alleged "First Crown" of the Latin Kings pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court on Tuesday to a drug charge.

David Canales, 34, of 83 Academy St., Amsterdam, pleaded guilty to a single count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. The charge carries a maximum sentence of nine years in prison.

Canales is allegedly the leader for members of the Latin Kings in Amsterdam, Johnstown and Gloversville. The Latin Kings are a predominantly Hispanic street gang that originated in Chicago, but membership has spread across the country. The "First Crown" acts like a local gang lord, Amsterdam Police Chief Greg Culick told The Leader-Herald in March.

Canales was indicted in late March on two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges in the indictment stem from two alleged sales of cocaine.

In November, Canales was one of 12 people arrested by the Amsterdam Police Department during a raid.

Canales was represented by attorney William Roberts in court on Tuesday. He is scheduled to be sentenced in October.



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