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Two charged with dealing heroin in North Greenbush, Bethlehem

The Albany County Sheriff's Office Drug Interdiction Unit, along with the assistance of the Tri-County SWAT Team and the North Greenbush Police Department, arrested two men on drug charges Friday, March 5.

Police say Ronald A. Davis, 38, and his cousin Torrin Matthews, 26, both of 246 North Greenbush Road, Troy, dealt heroin from their home, and had previously done the same in Bethlehem. An early-morning SWAT team raid at their East Greenbush home discovered a heroin mill used to process and distribute heroin, according to police.

Inspector John Burke of the Sheriff's Office's Drug Interdiction Unit said police had been aware for about the past month the two were running an operation at 40 Hanover Drive in Bethlehem and had the location under observation, but the pair moved due to rent problems before police could execute a search warrant.

"We had been watching the house for a while," he said.

Police arrested the two in East Greenbush shortly after they relocated.

Customers would travel from as far as Warren County to purchase the drug, which was sold in varying amounts and branded by means of a label on the packaging, according to police. Burke said he did not know of any connection to a large Bethlehem heroin bust that occurred about a year ago.

Davis was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, and Matthews was charged with criminal facilitation in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.

Both were arraigned before Bethlehem Town Judge Paul Dwyer and remanded to the Albany County jail.

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