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Sheriff: Largest seizure of illegal drugs I have ever seen in Saratoga County

March 19, 2018 06:12 PM

BALLSTON SPA - Sheriff Mike Zurlo was surprised to find a big-time operation in a small town. A couple homes on Route 32 in Quaker Springs, just outside Schuylerville, were headquarters for an alleged major drug ring.

"Largest seizure of illegal narcotics I’ve ever seen in Saratoga County," said Zurlo, who has been in law enforcement around here for nearly four decades.

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Police say those who were arrested are a dirty half-dozen. They say all were involved at varying levels in dealing cocaine and marijuana to people in and around the Capital Region.

Dennis Jones, whom police call the ringleader, controls and lives at the Route 32 property.

Jones, Cleveland Francis of Mount Vernon, Kent Daniels of Moreau, Ahbdul Maldonado of Albany, and one other man police aren't identifying yet, are all charged with felonies.

Debra Comorski of Schuylerville is charged with misdemeanor gun possession.

Police say the accused aren't pirates, but they like to hide their booty. They allegedly hid drugs and $264,000 in cash all over 425 and 427 Route 32

Police say they also recovered 20 pounds of marijuana packaged for sale, and almost five pounds of cocaine. The seized drugs have a combined estimated street value of about $300,000.

Police also confiscated 18 long guns, two illegal handguns, five cars --including a Lexus and a Volvo. And police say the treasure hunt continues.

"There's a lot of different areas on this property with some other outbuildings that we need to search. We'll continue to do that once we get rid of the snow," said Zurlo.

The operation began in September when undercover sheriff investigators were able to buy from one of the alleged dealers.

Three of the six are facing class A felonies.

"We will stand firm in showing the citizens of Saratoga County this is not a place where you're going to come and sell drugs and not be held accountable and responsible," said Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen, who called the case one of the biggest she’s seen in 25 years as a prosecutor.

Heggen said there might be more charges for those already under arrest.

Sheriff Zurlo added that others could be charged, "This is an open investigation, so stay tuned."

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Mark Mulholland

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