Drug informant stings cops as case against merchant dropped Jobs weeklyjob fairplace an adcareers and worklife blogbusiness blogsalary wizardsearch new carssearch preowned carsvehicle reviewsclassic cars blogthe bike blogthree weeks after being jailed on multiple felony drug offenses, a village judge granted a motion by a prosecutor to dismiss the criminal charges against the business owner who had been falsely accused by a paid confidential informant of selling cocaine twice from his store in late march. In early april, andrews" on mohawk avenue was raided by police and he was slapped with two counts each of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance, all felonies.If convicted, the 24yearold andrews, who has no criminal record, could have faced 25 years behind bars. The schenectady man is instead back in business hawking bongs, hookahs, shisha tobacco and Cheap Bridesmaid Dresses Australia incense, among other items. The man, who was working for the schenectady county sheriff"s office, visited the shop march 25 and bought a $15 bowl pipe, recalled andrews.He said the customer acted"Weird"And even stuck his head in andrews" employee office when he returned march 29 and bought the same type of pipe before leaving. On april 6, several sheriff"s deputies and police officers stormed his business, handcuffed andrews and ushered him into a back area, repeatedly telling him was being arrested for selling cocaine and that he"d better fess up.The officers confiscated his cash register, cell phone, wallet, cash and the store"s security cameras. "I didn"t know what to think at all,"Andrews told the friday with Bridesmaid Dresseswww.8eze.com his attorney, present.Amid the commotion, andrews said his mind flashed to the man, who he went to school with and occasionally would see at local bars. His legal problems forced andrews to shutter the smoke shop from april 6 to 18.Since he"s reopened, business hasn"t been as brisk as before.Andrews contends it has something to do with the Weddingdresses media coverage around his arrest.The lawman apologized. That"s not enough for andrews and his attorney.They plan to file a lawsuit, and horan said the time has come for police and prosecutors to reconsider the role of confidential informants. "The system uses the criminals to fight crime but we may want to see if these same criminals now are not using the system to commit crimes and benefit themselves.Who"s using whom? "Horan asked. Speaking in general terms, district attorney, said"There are controls that most departments have for dealing"With informants. "There are issues we are studying at this juncture and it would be premature for me to fully address the issue but it is off great concern,"Said carney. Sheriff said friday that security system footage showed the informant removing a small quantity of cocaine from A line Wedding Dresses his rear end when andrews walked away from the counter. "In hindsight my officers got burned, and this will cause them to be even more cautious in their dealing with informants,"Said dagostino. "Our office worked within the confines of our policy with respect to searching the informant. "
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