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Two drug busts in Orleans County

Two separate cocaine-related drug busts were reported by the Orleans County Drug Task Force on Wednesday.

An investigation into a runaway juvenile led to the arrest of two people after a large amount of drugs packaged for sale, including crack cocaine, heroin, prescription pills, and marijuana, as well as cash and other paraphernalia were found last week in a motel at 436 West Ave. in the Village of Albion, according to the task force.

The Albion Police Department and the Task Force executed a search warrant last Thursday and charged Andrew L. Coley, 18, of Platt St., Albion and an unidentified 17-year-old female with two counts of  felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Both were remanded to the Orleans County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail, each.

Andrew Coley

Andrew Coley

The juvenile was a runaway from the Parsons Children and Family Center in Albany and was transported back to the Albany area, according to police.

In another case, an investigation into the sale and distribution of crack cocaine in the village of Albion and Medina led to the arrest of Eddie Joe Nichols, 61, of West Ave., the task force reported.


Eddie Nichols

After a sealed indictment was handed up by an Orleans County grand jury, the task force and the Medina Police Department served an arrest warrant.

Nichols was charged with three felony counts of criminal sale and three counts of criminal of a controlled substance.

According to a task force report, he has five prior felonies -two of which are violent felonies, and out-of-state ties, and when he was arraigned Orleans County Judge James P. Punch ordered him remanded on $250,000 bail to Orleans County Jail. A return court date was set for Oct. 31.

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