Amsterdam man arrested for drug trafficking after accident, foot chase

AMSTERDAM, NY (NEWS10) – An Amsterdam man has been arrested after a car crash led to the discovery of drugs in his vehicle, police said. The Amsterdam Police Department said Haji Dukuray, 26, was arrested on December 26.

At around 4 p.m. on Sunday, police received a call about a car accident on Market Street and Lincoln Avenue in Amsterdam. Police said Dukuray was the sole occupant of the vehicle that overturned the vehicle in front of him. The driver of the second vehicle was slightly injured.

Police said officers made observations on sight of the contraband in Dukuray’s vehicle during the investigation. Police also found that his driver’s license had been suspended.

When asked to get out of the vehicle, Dukuray got out and fled on foot from the officers. Police said he attempted to throw away a plastic bag containing suspected cocaine during the chase. He was pursued on foot and taken into police custody. Police said Dukuray was in possession of suspected heroin and other controlled substances.


  • Two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (felony)
  • Three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree (misdemeanor)
  • Resist arrest (misdemeanor)
  • Second degree aggravated unauthorized operation (misdemeanor)

Dukuray was arraigned in Amsterdam City Court and remanded in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $ 1,000 cash bond.

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