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Grand jury hands out indictments in drug cases

Thursday, January 09, 2014 - Updated: 10:32 AM


For the C-S-E

FONDA -- An Amsterdam man who reportedly opened mail containing heroin in front of his parole officer in November was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury Thursday.

Officials in the office of District Attorney James E. "Jed" Conboy said Rudy Garcia-Toro, 33, of 56 Arnold Ave., was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A parole officer was conducting a visit at Garcia-Toro's home Nov. 14 when he noticed a "suspicious package that had been sent through the mail," police said.

Garcia-Toro opened the package in front of the officer to find it contained more than half-an-ounce of heroin and $185, police said.

Men arrested in various Amsterdam drug busts last year were also indicted Thursday.

The indictments include that of a Grove Street resident whose apartment allegedly stored nearly an ounce of powder and crack cocaine seized during an October search warrant.

An indictment against Michael A. Quinones, 28, of 68 Grove St., charged him with four counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, and five counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in connection with the October bust.

In addition to the cocaine, Amsterdam police said they seized numerous types of prescription pills and roughly $3,200 in cash at Quinones' apartment.

Quinones' indictment reportedly stems from five incidents in the city involving cocaine -- Sept. 3, Sept. 5, Sept. 11, Sept. 25 and Oct. 4.

In an unrelated indictment, Jean C. Arce-Santiago, 26, of 183 Church St., Amsterdam, was charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sale of controlled substance, and three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment reportedly stems from incidents involving heroin that allegedly took place Aug. 27, Aug. 28 and Sept. 4 in the city.

Arce-Santiago was one of seven suspects arrested by the Amsterdam Police Department in a Sept. 13 drug bust.

Jay Street resident Alfred P. Bauza, 33, was also indicted on drug charges involving heroin, officials said. He was charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in connection with reported July and August incidents.

In other indictments Thursday:

-- Hesoid S. "Beetlejuice" Dwight, 24, of 150 Woodrow Road, Amsterdam, was charged with second-degree burglary, petit larceny, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Police said Dwight entered a neighbor's residence at the Woodrow Wilson townhouses and stole jewelry.

-- Timothy B. O'Brien, 31, 119 Cooper St., Lake George, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to field testing in connection with a Jan. 30, 2013 incident in the town of Florida, officials said.

-- Denise Figuora, 29, of 600 W. 186th St., New York City, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of governmental administration, and driving while ability impaired by drugs in connection with an alleged incident Feb. 3, 2013 in the town of Florida.

-- Dale C. Doxtader Jr., 27, of 117 Church St., Little Falls, was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and possession/consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle in connection with a June 15, 2013 incident in the village of St. Johnsville, reports say.


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