Troy deaths may have drug connection

August 30, 2017 05:16 PM

TROY - An emotional Daniel Plew remembers his grandson Brandon Snyder, one of the two victims he said, found dead inside a home on Third Street in Troy Wednesday morning.

"He was great. He had his ways like everybody else. He was a great kid. Never got into trouble. Never," Plew said.

Plew, still trying to come to grips with the loss, talked about the last time he saw Snyder alive.

"My wife found him Sunday and Monday that was the last time we seen him," he added.

Police went to the home around six o'clock Wednesday morning and found the two men. They tried to resuscitate one of them. That was unsuccessful. The other victim was already too far gone. Investigators said they likely died of a drug overdose, maybe heroin or some kind of opioid. Plew said his grandson had been on pain medication.

"He had problems with his back. He had in his back. The doctor wouldn't give him the pills that he needed," Pew said.

He added that Snyder had no choice but to find relief elsewhere for his pain. Police wouldn't say whether they found drug paraphernalia, or any indication of drug use at the scene. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said these deaths are all too common in the Capital Region.

"It's still out of control. People are overdosing daily, people are dying daily. We're not even close to having a grip on it," Apple said.

Apple said a spate of deaths is an indication of a deadly cocktail of heroin, most likely laced with fentanyl, is floating around the area.

The fentanyl, the pink, it's a deadly cocktail is what they're creating. Periodically you may run into a bad batch that may come into the area and take a few lives," Apple told Newschannel 13. "It's a horrible diseases that's destroying out country. It's not just a county issue. It's to a state issue. This is a national problem."

Police are waiting for autopsies on Thursday to know for sure how the two men died.

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