TROY, N.Y. - A search warrant was executed at two locations in Troy Tuesday night in which police seized a large quantity of drugs and cash as part of an on-going investigation into what can best be described as a major drug production and distribution operation.
A warrant served at 2264 Old Sixth Avenue around 10 p.m. resulted in the seizure of marihuana; quantity not exceptional. No one was home at the residence at the time.
The second search was the basement apartment at 2209 16th Street. After the location was secured, investigators located about $9,300, approximately 100 grams of marijuana and crack cocaine, in both bulk form and packaged for sale. Within the apartment were scales, cutting agents, "cooking" utensils, and drug packaging materials. Of note was the discovery of one and one-half pounds of crack cocaine in pancake form; the drug was in its bulk state, not yet cut or packaged. Live ammunition was also discovered within the apartment.
No arrest has been made yet in this case; the resident of the basement apartment was not at home during at the time of execution of the warrant and has yet to be questioned.
Investigators and Emergency Response Team members encountered a sophisticated video surveillance system at the 16th Street address. This discovery was particularly alarming to those tasked with forcible entry to the residence; any occupants would have had clear warning of the entry of police.
All video equipment has been seized.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York State Police CNET, Rensselaer County Sheriff's Department all participated in and assisted in the investigation.