Schenectady County Announces Expansion of County-Wide Drug Unit to Address Growing Heroin Epidemic

Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino today joined with members of the Schenectady County Legislature and District Attorney Robert Carney to announce the expansion of the County-wide Drug Unit, an effort created in September 2015 by Sheriff Dagostino to address the growing heroin epidemic that is impacting our community. The expansion includes the addition of an Investigator from the District Attorney’s Office and an additional Sheriff Patrol Officer.

“Last year Schenectady County created a multi-pronged approach to how we deal with drugs in our community by creating a community coalition and the County-Wide Drug Unit,” said Chair Jasenski.  “While these efforts have shown some success, we know there is still more that we can do to crack down on the dealers who prey on our community and protect our children and families from the scourge of addiction.”

“We believe it is necessary to expand this drug unit in order to effectively combat the growing heroin epidemic that is adversely affecting our community,” said Sheriff Dagostino. “I thank the County Legislature for their support of these efforts and look forward to working with the District Attorney’s Office to do all we can to eradicate the low to mid-level drug dealers who are pushing this drug throughout our community”

The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office will add a new full-time officer position and the District Attorney will provide an Investigator to the effort that will focus on getting drugs off the street and arresting the dealers who bring them into our community.  The unit works directly with the Schenectady County District Attorney’s office and Schenectady County’s local municipal law enforcement agencies.

Initial results from 2016 have been impressive: 150 drug buys, 17 search warrants executed, $200,000 in cash and three vehicles seized, 3 weapons recovered, and 70 individuals charged for felony drugs sales.



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