Amsterdam police arrest 3 on drug charges

Lieutenant Thomas Nethaway, left, gestures toward confiscated cash and drugs while Montgomery County District Attorney Kelli P. McCoski and Deputy Chief Victor Hugo look on. (Photo submitted)

AMSTERDAM — City police said they arrested three people after they found hidden narcotics and cash in their vehicle following a traffic stop in the city, according to a news release from Deputy Chief Victor Hugo.

Charged on Tuesday were:

∫ Anthony Diaz, 24, of 283 E. Main St. with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

∫ Victor M. Diaz, 27, of 1704 Seddon St. apartment 27 of the Bronx with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

∫ Nicole Marie Abraham, 24, of 283 E. Main St. with  second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police said that on Tuesday they stopped a vehicle on East Main Street in the city for a vehicle and traffic violation. During an interview of the occupants of the vehicle, it was determined that one of the occupants, Anthony Diaz, was wanted as part of an ongoing drug investigation and had sold drugs within the city of Amsterdam.

Officers said that upon further investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for the vehicle that was stopped as well as the residence of Anthony Diaz and Abraham’s.

Inside the vehicle, detectives located a hidden compartment, which contained $13,000 in cash and a substantial amount of uncut cocaine and heroin.

Additional money detectives believe to be illegally obtained was found and seized at the residence.

All three were arraigned in City Court by Judge Lisa Lorman and were sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Amsterdam Detectives and Patrol Officers, with assistance from the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, New York National Guard Counter Drug Task Force and Montgomery County District Attorney Kelli McCoski.

By Chad Fleck

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