K9 helps in area drug bust

Amsterdam police officer AJ Fiorillo and K9 Bruno. (Photo submitted)

ALBANY — A Johnstown resident was arrested Thursday after police discovered the man to be in possession of a controlled substance.

Victor M. Diaz, 29, of Johnstown was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

According to a news release, Diaz was arrested after police executed a search warrant and found Diaz in possession of approximately 1,500 small bags of heroin and fentanyl.

The drugs were discovered during the search with the assistance of Amsterdam Police K-9 Unit, Officer AJ Fiorillo and K9 Bruno.

Diaz appeared in court before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel who ordered Diaz to be detained pending further proceedings.

If convicted, Diaz could face up to 20 years in prison, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least three years and up to life.

This case was investigated by the DEA Albany Resident Office, Amsterdam Police Department with assistance from the state police and Johnstown Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

The announcement of Diaz’s arrest was made by U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division and Amsterdam City Police Chief Gregory Culick.