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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Seven Indicted on Schenectady Drug Charges

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Six men were arrested and appeared in court today on charges of distributing drugs in the city of Schenectady, New York.  A seventh person was already in custody and will be arraigned at a later date. 

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The following defendants were charged by indictment in unrelated cases:

Name

Age

Residence

Charge(s)

Robert Atkins

Rhamel Pate

 

36

37

Schenectady

Schenectady

Conspiracy to distribute, and distribution of, crack cocaine

Lasun Blount

 

28

Albany

Distribution of crack cocaine

 

Darryl Carr

 

39

Schenectady

Distribution of crack cocaine;

Possession of a firearm by a felon

Raymel Diaz

 

24

Schenectady

Distribution of crack cocaine

 

Darryl Flannagan

 

29

Schenectady

Distribution of heroin

Additionally, a seventh person, Trevon Brunson, age 21, of Schenectady, is in state custody and will be arraigned at a later date on charges of distributing heroin. 

The charges in the indictments are merely accusations.  Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty

Six defendants appeared today before United States Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Stewart, and are scheduled for detention hearings later in the week.

These cases were investigated by the FBI and its Capital District Safe Streets Gang Task Force, with assistance from New York State Police-Troop G, the Schenectady Police Department, the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office, the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, the Internal Revenue Service, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, the Albany Police Department, the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Office of Special Investigations, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, and the Troy Police Department.

The firearm charge against Carr was investigated by the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert A. Sharpe, Michael Barnett, and Emily Powers. 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Updated April 3, 2019