Drug case heads to trial Feb. 3

JOHNSTOWN – An alleged member of the Bloods street gang – one of seven people arrested last summer in various area drug raids – will go to trial Feb. 3.

Marvin “Loco” McLaurin, 25, of the town of Johnstown will go on trial in Fulton County Court before Judge Polly A. Hoye.

Jury selection for his trial will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 3 in the County Courthouse.

First Assistant District Attorney Chad Brown will be prosecuting.

Attorney Brian Toal of Johnstown is McLaurin’s defense attorney.

Authorities arrested McLaurin as one of seven people charged on drug-related charges in raids in Gloversville and the town of Johnstown on Aug. 22.

Police said an arrest warrant for McLaurin – based on a 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 felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and two felony counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

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.

McLaurin’s name also came up as part of a 2011 case involving Tyquanne D. “Turk” Madison, 26, of East 103rd St., Brooklyn. Madison was sentenced July 13, 2012 for shooting Codie Hayward of Littauer Place, Gloversville, four times on Aug. 12, 2011. The victim survived.

Madison’s defense attorney, Mark Gaylord, raised questions during Madison’s County Court trial about whether McLaurin was involved in some way in the shooting as witness testimony pointed toward a dispute between Hayward and McLaurin, who refused to testify.

“He may have had knowledge of the shooting,” District Attorney Louise Sira said today.

Hayward said his ex-girlfriend was given $700 to go to New York City and secure drugs for McLaurin. But when she didn’t return, McLaurin assumed she robbed him, Hayward said. He said McLaurin also thought he was trying to set up one of his girlfriends with another man.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.