Gun, drug charges lodged against man

Esteva

AMSTERDAM — A city man was arrested by city police Thursday, accused of intending to sell heroin and cocaine and possessing a handgun.

Police said Ernesto M. Esteva, 39, of 20 Kline St., faces felony counts of: third-degree criminal possession of controlled substance with intent to sell – heroin; third-degree criminal possession of controlled substance with intent to sell – cocaine; and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

A news release indicated the Amsterdam Police Department on Thursday received a report of an individual with a handgun in the area of East Main and Kline streets. Police said officers responded to the vehicle described, initiating a traffic stop near Liberty Street.

Police said that after interviewing driver Esteva, officers obtained a search warrant for his residence and the vehicle issued by City Court Judge Lisa Lorman. The search yielded quantities of heroin and cocaine, a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun, and a large sum of cash, police said.

Assisting the investigation were members of the state police’s Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and Montgomery County District Attorney Kelli McCoski.

By Patricia Older

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