Albany police say the owner and an employee of Lark News and Grocery Saturday evening for drug possession. The APD says officer Michael Geraci -- the beat officer for the Lark Street area -- stopped into the store and saw the owner -- Zahid Gilani -- "sitting with several bags of marijuana and a scale at the stores counter." A store employee was also allegedly found with crystal meth, according to the APD.
This is the second drugs-related arrest/incident at 252 Lark Street (Lark and Hudson, streetview) in the last month. A man police say is the owner of Jay's Place, upstairs, was arrested (again by officer Geraci) for alleged cocaine and heroin possession at the end of March (note this comment by Mk).
APD spokesman Steven Smith says Gilani owns the whole building, but it's currently unknown if the two situations are connected.
Full press release after the jump.
APD: Lark Street Store Owner Arrested for Drugs
Albany police arrested a Lark Street store owner and his employee Saturday evening after an alert beat cop caught them with marijuana and crystal meth.
Officer Michael Geraci who oversees the Center Square and Hudson Park neighborhoods, stopped into Lark News and Grocery, 252 Lark Street around 4:40 p.m. to speak with the store's owner. When the officer walked inside, the owner, Zahid Gilani, 55, 11 Oxford Drive, Latham, was sitting with several bags of marijuana and a scale at the stores counter.
During the course of the investigation, the officer spoke with Arthur McDuffie, 41, 305 Hudson Avenue, who works at the store. He was found to have 500mg of Crystal Meth in his pants pocket.
Gilani was charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana 5th.
McDuffie was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Both were arraigned this morning in City Criminal Court.
Drug arrest at Lark News and Grocery
252 Lark Street
Albany, NY 12210
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