ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Albany Police Department and Marshals, arrested 18 people this past week after executing several search warrants across the City of Albany. This comes after Albany Police addressed drug trafficking and gang activity along the Central Avenue corridor in Albany.

Called “Operation Turnbuckle,” detectives and Marshals began to conduct an investigation back in March 2022 into several people. These people were allegedly responsible for distributing dangerous narcotics in areas along Central Avenue including Robin Street, Lexington Avenue, and Sherman Street.

“We’ve had several incidents of shots fired up there, specifically in the area Sherman Street and Lexington Avenue,” Albany Police Public Information Officer Steve Smith told NEWS10.

Anthony Capece, Executive Director of the Central Avenue Business Improvement District said the area is a diverse neighborhood, with a mix of everything from small mom-and-pops to midsize and large companies, but that doesn’t prevent it from falling to social ills like illegal drugs and other crime.

“To know that these activities are being dealt with is a critical part of revitalizing a neighborhood, and businesses want to know that this kind of activity is being dealt with,” Capece said.

Drugs, guns, and money seized

  • 273 grams of crack cocaine
  • 349 grams of powder cocaine
  • 4 grams of heroin
  • 9 grams of fentanyl
  • 424 bags of fentanyl
  • 100 bags of suboxone strips
  • Three loaded handguns
  • $12,884 in currency

Charges

Rasheem Andrews, 42, of Albany

  • Third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance
  • Third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance

Anthony Walker, 42, of Latham

  • Third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance
  • New York State parole warrant

Nigel Richards, 37, of Albany

  • Third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance

Jose Rosado, 61, of Albany

  • Third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance

Luther Irby, 63, of Albany

  • Third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance

Adrian Kelley, 44, of Albany

  • Third- and seventh-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance
  • Third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance
  • Two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia

Edward Shaw, 46, of Albany

  • Third- and seventh-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance
  • Third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance
  • Two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia
  • Indictment warrant for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance

Shelton McCoy, 24, of Troy

  • Two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance
  • Indictment warrant for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance

Emanuel Landy, 31, of Albany

  • Two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance

Shamer Thomas, 30, of Albany

  • Seventh-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance
  • Two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance
  • Two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia
  • Indictment warrant for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance

Robert Craig, 61, of Albany

  • Indictment warrant for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance

Leroy Standford, 35, of Albany

  • Indictment warrant for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance

Kenneth Neely, 57, of Albany

  • Seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance

Kimani Barkley, 45, of Troy

  • First- and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance
  • Two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia
  • Felony bench warrant out of Rensselaer County

Jahmel Inman, 28, of Albany

  • New York State parole warrant

Stephanie Bonds, 34, of Albany

  • Hindering prosecution

Jamel Mayo, 22, of Albany

  • Three counts of second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon
  • Fourth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance
  • Seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance
  • Two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia

Duante Ethridge, 20, of Durham, North Carolina

  • Second-degree criminal possession of a weapon