Two people arrested in drug bust

October 23, 2017 06:44 PM

The top prosecutor in Albany County says they have gotten one of the area's top drug traffickers off the streets. The investigation has been going on for a year.

Prosecutors say 37-year-old Darrell Chapman of Rensselaer is a big player as a local drug supplier, moving drugs up from New York City.

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Police say acting on a tip Tuesday, they stopped Chapman and 20-year-old Lacee Sousis of Troy on Wednesday going up the Thruway in Coeymans - with 280 grams of heroin in the car.

After that, came raids on Chapman's house and business. At The Freezer, the business on South Pearl Street in Albany, state police say they got 100 grams of cocaine and also crack and cash.

At Chapman's house in Rensselaer, police say they found 1.5 kilos of cocaine, four handguns and two rifles in a vehicle there.

Chapman has been the subject of a long investigation.

"The people who are behind me and the people who are intimately involved and cannot be here – they can honestly say that they've saved lives," said Albany County District Attorney David Soares at a press conference on Monday. "If the heroin isn't proof of that, then all you have to do is look at the photo of the assault weapons and the weapons and you can legitimately take comfort in knowing that this investigation was well worth the time and effort, because we believed it saved lives."

The district attorney says this investigation began as they were looking at Chapman for allegedly collecting income for a disability that he didn't have.

So far, both Champman and Sousis are charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. They are in the Albany County Correctional Facility without bail.


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