Among the items Albany police say they found while searching the Jay's Place shop on Lark Street: 4 bags of powder cocaine and 16 bags of heroin (in the bathroom); 98 pairs of Nike Shoes, 30 NorthFace jackets, and 14 Gucci bags (all allegedly counterfeit). The APD says the beat officer for the neighborhood stopped by the store (corner of Lark and Hudson) Friday to talk with the owner who was outside, smelled pot and noticed the owner was "very nervous." The owner -- who's Lance, not Jay, according to the APD -- was arrested.
APD: Lark Street store owner arrested
Albany police arrested a 26 year old Sparkhill Avenue man Friday night after he was caught by an alert neighborhood beat officer with two ounces of cocaine and counterfeit clothing.
Officer Michael Geraci who overlooks the Center Square and Hudson Park neighborhoods, stopped to talk to Lance Haines, 20 Sparkhill Avenue, in front of Jay's Place, 252 Lark Street, at approximately 7:50 p.m. Friday night. The officer immediately noticed an odor of marijuana coming from inside the store. Haines who is the owner was very nervous and told the officer that no one was inside the store.
Officer Geraci investigated the smell of marijuana and determined it was coming from the store's bathroom. A check of the bathroom revealed three bags of powder cocaine and 16 bags of heroin that were sitting on the bathroom counter.
A search warrant was obtained and another bag of powder cocaine was located behind the bathroom counter. A total of two ounces of powder cocaine was located during the incident.
Officer's also seized 98 pairs Nike Shoes, 30 North Face Jackets, and 14 Gucci handbags, all which were counterfeit.
Nobody else was located inside the store.
Haines was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Trademark Counterfeiting 1st.
He was arraigned Saturday morning in City Criminal Court and remanded to the Albany County Jail.
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