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Albany Detectives Recover Several Handguns, Drugs During Investigation

Albany, NY

ALBANY, NY – Albany detectives recovered three loaded handguns and a quantity of narcotics Thursday following an investigation. 

On Thursday, April 7, 2022 around 10:20 a.m., detectives from the Albany Police Department’s Community Response Unit stopped a vehicle on the 100 block of Central Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Robin Street as part of an ongoing investigation. During the stop, the driver, Jamel Mayo, 22, of Albany, was found to be in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine, as well as 27 glassine envelopes of fentanyl. Detectives also recovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun during the investigation.

Mayo and his passenger, 20-year-old Daunte Ethridge of Durham, North Carolina, were both taken into custody.

In addition, detectives executed a search warrant at a hotel room at the Ramada Inn, 3 Watervliet Avenue Extension in reference to the investigation.

During the search warrant, detectives discovered additional quantities of crack cocaine and fentanyl inside the hotel room. Two additional loaded .40 caliber handguns were also recovered.

Mayo has been charged with three counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd, three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd, one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th, one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th and two counts of Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd.

Mayo was also arrested on the strength of an active arrest warrant issued on March 25, 2022 in Albany County Court for three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd.

Ethridge was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd in relation to the traffic stop on Central Avenue.

Both men were arraigned Friday morning in Albany City Criminal Court and remanded to the Albany County Jail.

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