Posted at: 10/24/2013 12:37 PM
By: WNYT Staff
Coeymans drug team announces arrests
COEYMANS - To the Town of Coeymans now, where there is a new law enforcement group working to get drugs out of that town.
It's called "CANT", which stands for 'Coeymans Anti Narcotics Team.'
The police chief and other officials in the Town of Coeymans have detailed some information about their “CANT” program. Coeymans is a town of about 7500 people in the southern part of Albany County.
It also contains the Village of Ravena.
There’s a police force of 15 officers; 5 full time, 10 part-time.
Last year there was an issue about cutting a significant amount of their funding. The supervisor who last year advocated cutting the funding participated in today’s conference.
Now he is fully on board supporting the efforts of this CANT team. In recent weeks the chief tells us they arrested 5 suspects, confiscated 3 oz of cocaine, 18 packages of heroin, 225 marijuana plants that would be 16 pounds of marijuana, plus grow materials. Also 3 assault rifles, 2 illegal handguns, other long guns, more than 500 rounds of ammunition, $10,000 in cash and the seizure of 3 vehicles.
Now the officers involved in this are continuing with their other duties.
Its not a full time dedicated narcotics unit for this small town but it’s an increased emphasis on using information that they are developing in their routine duties and also just trying to target drugs which they acknowledge is a significant problem here although perhaps any more so than in other communities.