UPDATE: Six in custody after Saratoga Springs police raid

April 19, 2013
Updated 10:37 p.m.
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— A Friday evening raid of a home on Grand Avenue in Saratoga Springs resulted in six individuals being taken into custody, and concluded an ongoing drug investigation, police said Friday night.

City and state police converged on 149 Grand Ave. at 5:25 p.m. and took several people into custody. There were no shots fired and no one was injured in the raid, said police, after photos circulated showing the door and windows of the home had been broken.

An armored police vehicle and law enforcement officers in SWAT gear were at the scene about 6 p.m. A helicopter was also seen above the neighborhood on the city’s West Side.

Eyewitnesses said they may have seen law enforcement use a smoke grenade before entering the house.

City police were not immediately available to comment on the raid, but issued a statement Friday night that the raid was conducted after gaining a search warrant in response to the department’s ongoing narcotics investigation. They offered few other details regarding the raid, including the type of narcotics involved.

Saratoga Springs police conducted the search with help from members of the state police, including troopers, K-9 units, aviation and the Special Operations Response and Community Narcotics Enforcement teams.

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III tweeted Friday evening that the police department and Drug Enforcement Administration had conducted the joint investigation into drug activity on the street. He noted there is “zero tolerance for quality of life crimes in our neighborhoods” and that there is “no place for dealers in our city.”

The home in question is the residence of 46-year-old Russell Duffney Jr., who was charged April 9 with first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly nearly cutting another man’s ear off with what police said was a machete. The incident occurred during an altercation at a party at the house.

It is not known if the raid is connected to that case.

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