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Corner Stores Raided In Rensselaer County

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Federal, state and local authorities raided nine stores in Rensselaer County for alleged SNAP benefit abuse.

Officials say they seized EBT machines, EBT cards, marijuana, untaxed cigarettes, business records and cash. According to the Rensselaer County Facebook page, approximately 40 officers participated in the enforcement action at the seven small grocery stores in Troy and two in East Greenbush.

The raids were a result of investigations conducted by various agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rensselaer County Department of Social Services, and the Troy Police an East Greenbush Police Departments.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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