Illegal Cuban immigrant charged with selling heroin
ALBANY An illegal immigrant from Cuba has been charged with selling heroin.
Albany County Sheriff's deputies said Lazaro Casanova, 53, of 36 Morton Ave., was arrested after undercover investigators were able to purchase heroin from him on several occasions following surveillance that indicated pedestrian traffic consistent with drug dealing.
Investigators executed a search warrant on Casanova's home Tuesday and seized 198 glassine bags of heroin marked "True Religion" - with a street value of about $5,000 - and an undisclosed amount of cash, deputies said. Casanova's girlfriend and their 1-week-old child were in the home at the time of the raid, deputies said.
Casanova was charged with two felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child.
Casanova was ordered depoted, deputies said, but can't because the United States doesn't not have a working relationship with Cuba. Instead, he was arraigned in city Police Court and sent to the Albany County jail without bail.