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Troy makes record drug bust

TROY -- The biggest bust in Collar City history.  Police pick up $120,000 worth of drugs in what began as a robbery investigation.  But, several big questions remain.
    
This also happened right down the street from a report of shots fired earlier this week.  A handgun and a loaded magazine were found along with 1.2 kilos of cocaine and crack-cocaine in common areas of a multi-family home.  Police say children live there and anyone could have stumbled across it.
    
"It's disgusting," said Troy Police Captain John Cooney.  "It's cowardly.  It's definitely an effort on their part to remove themselves from the penalties that would come with direct possession."

Huge amounts of drugs, and a gun, stashed in a place open to all the other residents of a home on Eighth Street in Troy.  Police went there to investigate the alleged gunpoint robbery of a visitor to a third-floor apartment when they made the discovery.

"We do now we have suspects in an armed robbery out there," Cooney said.  "We know who they are and we are vigorously sweeping the streets to find these folks.  As far as their connection to the drugs or if the drugs are connected to anyone else in the house, that's where our drug unit will come in."

Police said the occupants upstairs weren't home, but there were some people coming and going from the house when we stopped by.  Many neighbors were mum on the news, save for one mother.

"It's not good for the kids," said Cynthia Tisdale.  "That's why I'm about to get my kids off the street here."  She says she didn't know anyone at number 314, but knew of a report that shots were fired nearby just a few days ago.

"Until we get a hold of the people that we need to talk to in this case, we really can't speculate as to whether there's a direct connection," Cooney said.

Also under investigation now, if these drugs were produced in the collar city or elsewhere -- or sold here, too.  "We have no direct evidence that they're intended as part of the pipeline that exists that we know exists between new york city, the capital district, and urban cities in Vermont," Cooney said.  "Looking at what we have, and the form it's in, it would be naive not to consider that to be a possibility."

The drugs are off the street.  But questions linger until an arrest is made.  "They're out there somewhere," Tisdale said.  "They're running.  They need to be locked up."

The drugs and the gun were carefully hidden.  The latter of the two discovered by an officer who just graduated the academy.
 
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