City residents face drug charges
AMSTERDAM – Several city residents were recently arrested on warrants for drug sales, city police said.
According to city police, six people were charged from Wednesday through?Friday on warrants. Police said the arrests stem from an investigation into drug sales.
The six people charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, are:
– Terrance Cooke, 37, of 267 Division St., was arrested Wednesday for selling cocaine, police said.
– Joel Torres, 23, of 135 Market St., was arrested Thursday for selling cocaine, police said. He had $696 that was seized, police said.
– Agustin Cepeda, 52, of 321 E. Main St., was arrested Friday for selling cocaine, police said.
– Juan Roman, 21, of 9 DeGraff St., was arrested Friday for selling cocaine and heroin, police said.
– Israel Alicea, 37, of 60 Division St., apartment E-3, was arrested Friday for selling heroin, police said.
– Wilfredo Dearce, 23, of 28 McElwain St., was arrested Friday for selling heroin, police said.
Police said one person, who did not have an arrest warrant, was arrested during the execution of a warrant.
Franklin Ramirez-Vega, 47, no address given, was charged Thursday with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony.
Police said Ramirez-Vega had 70 plastic baggies containing crack cocaine. He had an additional quantity of crack cocaine of more than 3.5 grams, police said.
All of those charged were arraigned in City Court and sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
Police said three people were not located during the warrant service. As the warrants were not served, police are not releasing their identities yet.
Officers were assisted by state Parole during the service of the arrest warrants Friday morning.
The state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office assisted police throughout the investigation.