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Past, present Skidmore students nabbed in Saratoga drug probe

Past, present Skidmore students nabbed in Saratoga drug probe

Police have arrested nine people, including eight current or former Skidmore College students, after

Police have arrested nine people, including eight current or former Skidmore College students, after an 18-month investigation into drug trafficking in the city.

The investigation began in late 2006 with information developed by city patrol officers about downtown drug activity. State police and officers from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency joined the investigation and identified sources of cocaine, marijuana and LSD in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Police said additional arrests and seizure were made in those states, but city police Lt. Gregory Veitch could not provide any details this afternoon.

"I can't speak for the other agencies and they have said they don't want to talk with [New York] press," he said. "The people arrested outside of New York were suppliers of the drugs."

During the investigation, police in Saratoga Springs, Massachusetts and New Hampshire seized more than an ounce of cocaine, 20 pounds of marijuana and $50,000 in cash and a small amount of LSD. Some of the drugs were purchased by undercover state police during the investigation, which that primarily took place in downtown Saratoga Springs, Veitch said.

"We're now wrapping up the investigation and tying up loose ends," he said.

Those charged by police in Saratoga Springs include:

- Esu McFadden, 20, of, Skidmore College, was charged with three counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

- Nathaniel Prinzi, 21, of Skidmore College, was charged with two counts each of of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

- Julian Rodier, 22, of 21 Phila St., was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

- Samuel Miner, 21, of 18 Lafayette St., was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

- Henry Hester, 32, of San Diego, was charged with two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Hester was extradited from California, where he had moved prior to the conclusion of the investigation. He is the only individual arrested locally in this case who had not been enrolled at some point at Skidmore College.

- Peter Lesser, 19, of Skidmore College, was charged with one count each of third-degree criminal sale of marijuana and second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

- Jonah Haviland-Markowitz, 21, of 35 Second St., was charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana.

- Matthew Heckman, 21, of 174 Grand Ave., was charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana.

- Richard Brautigam, 22, 21 Phila St., was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana.

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