Knife attack leads police to 410 bags of heroin

— A Colonie man was arrested for allegedly slashing the face of a Voorheesville resident, but police then discovered a stash of heroin inside his apartment.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple Sr. said deputies were dispatched to Pleasant Street in the Village of Voorheesville for a person that had allegedly been assaulted and slashed in the face with a knife. Police said Nicholas J. Desanctis allegedly attacked the victim and had previously accused them of stealing drugs from him. Desanctis allegedly fled the scene after the assault.


Nicholas J. Desanctis

Investigators located Desanctis, 21, in a vehicle at Colonie Center, with two other men in the vehicle. All three were detained and interviewed. The driver of the vehicle allegedly admitted to purchasing two bundles of heroin from Desanctis for $110, with the understanding he would drive Desanctis to Voorheesville to confront the individual.

Police said Desanctis allegedly possessed a knife used in the assault and had blood stained clothes, along with a cut to his finger.

Investigators executed a search warrant at Desanctis’ residence at 420 Sand Creek Road, Building 1, apt. 605, in Colonie Towers, and allegedly found 410 bags of heroin with a street value of $4,500. Police said there was also more than $3,000 in cash.

Police arrested Desanctis and charged him with assault in the second degree, a felony, and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. Judge Margret Atkins arraigned him in the Village of Voorheesville and remanded him to the Albany County jail without bail.

Desanctis is also facing charges in the Town of Colonie, which include criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, all felonies.

The victim was transported to a hospital and was treated and then released.

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