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Albany drug units make early morning drug bust

Posted August 31

— The Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, after surveilling an East Albany apartment for months, served a search warrant early Wednesday and arrested one suspect who was in possession of not only drugs, but counterfeit money, according to ADDU Commander Major Prurince Dice.

"Well, this morning we are serving a search based on probable cause," Dice said Wednesday morning. "We served the warrant at 215 East Road apartment C at approximately 7:46 a.m. This has been an investigation over a period of a couple of months.

"Agents have been getting complaints of drug activity going on at this particular location. Agents are searching for marijuana, cocaine, or any type of drug that is possibly being sold by the suspect here."

According to Dice, three suspects were originally detained while agents searched the residence for drugs and attempted to determine who may have been involved with the sell of illegal drugs.

"We have detained three suspects right now because they were occupying the residence where drugs were being sold," Dice said at the location Wednesday morning. "Agents are searching the apartment and have so far found spice and marijuana."

By Wednesday afternoon, two of those individuals had been released and charges had only been filed against one individual, Hubbard Canidate, 65, who was charged with possession of spice, possession of drug-related objects and possession of marijuana less than an ounce, according to Dice.

"Based on the other parts of our investigation, we determined that the other two people detained this morning needed to be released," Dice said.

In an unexpected turn of events, investigators also located an undisclosed amount of counterfeit money while searching the residence, in addition to illegal drugs and drug-related paraphernalia, Dice said.

"The counterfeit money side of this is still under investigation," Dice said. "Ultimately, we will get the Secret Service involved. That is the route that we are going to take."

Dice explained that Canidate had not been charged with counterfeiting since he was only in possession of counterfeit money and was not actively printing/producing it.

"He was just in possession of it," Dice said. "That is why he has not been charged with anything relating to that. That would ultimately be up to the Secret Service."

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