Felony drug arrest made


AMSTERDAM — A city man arrested on Thursday faces felony and misdemeanor charges for the alleged sale and possession of crack cocaine and ecstasy pills, along with the criminal possession of an electronic stun gun.

Carl E. Byfield, 28, of 21 Brookside Ave., Apt. 1, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

According to police, Byfield was found in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine packaged for sale, numerous ecstasy pills, cash and an electronic stun gun inside his residence following the execution of a search warrant.

Amsterdam police and the Montgomery County Sheriff Regional SWAT Team executed the search warrant signed by Amsterdam City Court Judge Lisa Lorman.

The warrant stems from a two-month long investigation by the Amsterdam Police Department Detective Bureau and the New York state Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team into the sales of crack cocaine out of the Brookside Avenue apartment.

Byfield was arrested and transported to Amsterdam Police Headquarters where he was processed and being held pending arraignment in Amsterdam City Court.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kelli McCoski also assisted in the investigation.


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