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DATE/TIME: Friday, September 12th, 2003 / 11:15 AM
SUBJECT: PATROL OFFICERS ARREST MAN W/ GUN & CRACK


At about 2:00 this morning, Officers Ed Ritz and Jill Nagengast were on patrol and driving through the parking lot of the Aquarius Lounge (1500 State Street) when they saw a man and woman behind the building acting suspiciously. Upon investigating, the officers learned that they were preparing to roll a marijuana cigarette and the man possessed a small amount of marijuana. When he was searched, officers found a loaded Glock 9mm handgun in his waistband. The man was arrested. While being processed at Police Headquarters, the man was found to have 32 pieces of crack cocaine (total weight of more than 1/8 oz.) secreted in his rectum.

Damian Fontanez, 24, of 702 Westover Place, Schenectady, has been charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance-3rd degree (a felony), CPCS-4th (a felony), Criminal Possession of a Loaded Firearm-3rd (a felony), and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

He will be arraigned in Police Court this morning.

The woman was not charged in the incident.