Two arrested in Amsterdam drug raids admit to charges
FONDA An Amsterdam drug dealer arrested last month in the city’s most recent drug raids faces six years in prison for selling illegal narcotics.
Jose Carrero, 24, of 100 Virginia Lane, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in Montgomery County Court earlier this week. In addition to the prison time, he is scheduled to be sentenced May 20 to a year and a half of post-release supervision.
Carrero has a history of trouble with Amsterdam police. Early in 2011, he was arrested on marijuana possession charges. A few months later, he was arrested again, charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Following a reported drug sale in December, he was arrested in the Feb. 13 raids.
James D. Passaniti Jr., 27, of 46 Storrie St., who was also arrested in the Feb. 13 raids, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in county court this week. He will be sentenced in September to five years’ probation and ordered to forfeit $7,765 of about $8,700 seized during the raid.
In addition to the cash, police found a half-pound of cocaine, more than 11⁄2 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and guns at four separate locations in the city during February’s raids.
The arrests of Carrero and Passaniti stemmed from a four-month investigation into cocaine and heroin sales. Three others were also arrested at the time: Edwin Feliciano, Nereida Padilla and Orestes Andino, all of Amsterdam and each charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. The status of their cases was not available Thursday.
Also in court this week, William Gonzalez, 45, of 18 Ellsworth St., Amsterdam, pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated. Officials said Gonzalez was arrested Jan. 10 in the town of Amsterdam and will be sentenced Sept. 23 to five years’ probation and a $2,000 fine.