The Troy police officer arrested for allegedly tipping off drug dealers, spoiling a five-house raid by the State Police, had a close relationship with the sister of one of the suspects, according to multiple sources.
According to sources, “Person No. 1” in the felony complaint filed by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman works in the Child Protective Services division of the Rensselaer County Department of Social Services and makes $52,000 a year. Officer Brian Gross, who is currently suspended without pay, and the person have or had a longtime, close personal relationship, according to sources.
“Person No. 2” in the document (shown below) charging Gross with felony tampering with physical evidence and three misdemeanors – obstruction of governmental operation and two counts of official misconduct – is Person No. 1's brother.
State Police raided the home of Person No. 2 and four other houses in Rensselaer County expecting to make multiple arrests and seize a good quantity of drugs. They came up empty, “despite extensive evidence of drug activity,” according to the complaint. Gross allegedly told Person No. 1 about the raid to warn Person No. 2. Person No. 2 then gave a heads up to the other suspects.
T-Spin is withholding the names of Persons No. 1 and No. 2 because neither has been charged. Although, it is widely believed that Person No. 1 could be charged with at least obstruction of governmental operation. That, of course, depends on whether or not she struck a deal with the AG’s office to act as a witness should the case go to trial.
Person No. 2 was not arrested in the raid so naming either person paints Person No. 2 as a drug dealer with enough traffic through his Brunswick home – which is right outside the Troy border – to justify a State Police investigation. That is not an official allegation at this time.
According to the complaint, State Police were prepared to raid five homes in Rensselaer County on Feb. 12 after a lengthy investigation. A source said investigators had been “sitting on a wire” for close to year before executing the raid. “Sitting on a wire” refers to listening to conversations via electronic devices.
Gross was part of a small drug task force at the Troy Police Department and was assigned to the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team so he had knowledge of internal details of the investigation, according to the complaint.
The first Obstruction of Justice charge is from the middle of January, according to the complaint, when Gross texted Person No. 1 and requested they meet. Person No. 1 told State Police investigators that Gross told Person No. 1 that Person No. 2 has to “’watch (Person No. 2’s) back’ because (Person No. 2) is doing something that had come to the attention of the State Police.”
According to phone records cited in the complaint, on Feb. 10, Gross texted Person No. 1 again and she told State Police Investigator Dennis Churns that Gross told her that “there better not be any drugs inside the home of (Person No. 2) because ‘there was a good chance the police would get a warrant.’”
Person No. 1 then said she went to Person No. 2 and told him that if “he is doing anything he needed to ‘cut the shit’ and get any drugs out of his house.”
It’s unclear whether Gross allegedly sent the text message to protect Person No. 1’s relative or if Person No. 1 used the text to harm Gross. Or if it’s a combination – either intentional or an inadvertent byproduct - of the two. In other words, if it wasn’t an intentional set up by Person No. 1, when confronted with the allegations, Person No. 1 and/or No. 2 decided it was easier to talk than face further scrutiny.
As far as the felony complaint is concerned, according to lawyers who have reviewed it, the AG has a weak case based on just the text messages and testimony from one person who might or might not have an ulterior agenda, and from another suspected of dealing large quantities of illegal narcotics.
Also, as was previously written, it was difficult to find a motive for a 10-plus year cop - with a clean personal and professional record - to tip off drug dealers. The personal relationship with Person No. 1 is one avenue the AG’s office has explored, according to a number of sources.
Gross is represented by attorney Steve Coffey, who declined comment. Troy Police Chief John Tedesco was unavailable for comment as were the State Police and the AG’s office.
And yet the City itself still goes about its business with Casale Excavating that Gross' wife's father owns and he works for so he is still making money on the taxpayer dollar.ReplyDelete
How do you know what he does? do you follow him around?Delete
It's in all the articles and posts dummy, that's how. Plus ask the Deputy Mayor and Bill Dunne they know it all.Delete
So what if he does. It's none of your business.Delete
It certainly is 407,it's everyone's business.Plus Bill Dunne and Peter Ryan's recent hire in CIty hall STILL lives in Brunswick. Is Lou Rosamilia aware of this or is that none of his business eitherDelete
And why isn't it anyone's business? Don't try talking tough with me, it won't get you anywhere.Delete
If this company bids a job with the city and they are the low bidder, it has to be awarded to them, or would the taxpayers like to pay more money for the work to be done? What does the "new hire" who lives in Brunswick have to do with this story? I'm so confused on what is being talked about here...Is it a dirty cop? or all city halls employees??????Delete
Late for work early to leave city hall snookieDelete
Grow up. 75% of City hall employees arrive at or after 8:30. Why focus on 1 person?Delete
Texting queen and was ousted from pd for the same issuesDelete
Where do u get your info? I don't think she was ousted. I think it was an upgrade...Delete
She clearly wasn't ousted from anywhere if she was offered a better job dumbass. TPD was sad to see her leave ask anyone there.Delete
Miss rawhide? Miss leather? Upgraded or moved because of an investigation?Delete
Leave her alone. She's just young and immature. Comments aren't necessary We were all like that at that age. The person in question is a good person bottom line and not deserving of thisDelete
Yes they are necessary, she got her job with the Deputy Mayor because of family ties.SHE TELLS people herself that, so she screwed herself. Also I am sure all the other people that took the same Civil Service test as she did would like to know why they weren't canvassed for the job. And in addition to that, she still does NOT live in Troy. She is using someone else's address which is FRAUD.Delete
And who should I ask? And why do they miss her? Because she dated a few of you and related to a couple officers? And oh yeah good people don't have officers harass others for them. By your tone, I can tell that you are one of the other employees who illegally obtained their position too. And also, NO we all didn't act that way.Delete
Rawhide...Lol...probably because of the investigation..she did text him alot and also had him involved in other things he had no right doingDelete
Well I'm sure they were canvassed, but they may not have been interviewed. And you don't have to interview anyone if you don't want to. You can hire any one off the top three. Did you check the list? Better yet did you check Civil Service Law? You sound bitter.Delete
Oh how I wish you weren' t cowards and would put your names. If you have the balls to attack someone you should give them the chance to respond to your face. don't hide behind an anonymous post! You're probably afraid of the people that would stick up for her an not for you. My assumption is an unmarried, middle aged, jealous woman... Did I get it right?Delete
Doesn't that job require college?Delete
A lot of bullies on here. Probably got picked on in high school and now that they can hide behind an anonymous quote they will say whatever they want. Put them face to face with somebody and I'd bet not one person with a nasty comment would say it.Delete
And yes I know who is on the list ,she wasn't in the top three. Civil Service Law wasn't followed and if it was there are some real loopholes in it, in addition to the fact she is not a resident as indicated. Jealous? Hell no! What the heck does she have that I don't? Nothing.Delete
And what does someone's age have to do with anything, whoever made that comment is a loser, state your name so I can confront YOU in person just like you state people would confront that person who has the problem. I'm another one with an issue with her and you know where to find me so what's being you back?!!Delete
Clearly a lot if your the one commenting about her and she's out living her life while your sittingDelete
On the blog like a BIG LOSER
219 we know where to find you? Where you didn't state your name so you can be confronted?Delete
Is slim jim considered a beef jerky?Delete
My dad's a cop the rawhide saidDelete
I'm blogging from myrtle beach livin it up. The beauty of a smartphone girlyDelete
Political contribution play a role, just a matter of time before Schneiderman gets you guys too....a name, a name, what's in a name?Delete
What happened to your ticket for parking on a crosswalk sweety ...whose your sugar daddy ?Delete
Mike Johnson. Bad choice.Delete
I'd like to know about company bids on jobs for the City. Do they gave that information readily available through FOIL or will they not respond to those FOILS too ? I'd like to see the time and dates when bids are submitted to the CityDelete
Public info always with a bid opening. You can FOIL through the City's website. Goes through the Public info director I believe.Delete
you should read up on how public work projects are bid.....it may answer a lot of questions hereDelete
This is a "Rocky" story. Makes me yearn for an omelette from a short arm cook who is no longer with us.ReplyDelete
Are you referring to Rocky who had the dinner in Troy? What does he have to do with this?Delete
Does Kevin McGrath have anything to do with this? Drugs, crime, close relationships. He's the Lansingburgh Action Hero after all.Delete
Don't forget sex tooDelete
The sex was so bad he turned one into a lesbian,.ala George Castanza.Delete
And ratting people outDelete
And bumper cars.Delete
A rat he is, in every sense. City rat.Delete
Close relationship or not the case really blows.ReplyDelete
If they don't have him on tape they ain't got dick for conviction.
Sounds like a woman scorned to me.
Dick is definetly involvedDelete
And a botched drug bust. Had he not spoken about the raid none of us would be here talking about it,so there is something. Plus Chief said that a career was lost. Not something that would he would just say if the odds weren't stacked up against the officer.Right? Or are you smarter than the chief? I don't think so.Delete
now we have to believe that he was having an affair/relationship w the drug dealers sister and that is why there was communication? did he end things with her and now this is why she is turning on him or is she protecting him? either way, not much evidence to say he did anything wrong......Delete
Except breach confidentialityDelete
Real nice we have Cps workers who live with drug dealers .. Good home to raise your kids .. Oh and the day care being ran out of that house .. Maybe cps should start investigating them!ReplyDelete
All Renns County CO's that drop their kids off to the daycare keep it open......Delete
Hey they ALL got their jobs through people YOU voted in. To end it all you will have to get the current admin out and NEW people inDelete
That would be the COUNTY administration, genius. Jimino and the rest of the GOP idiots blowing your money like it's high grade cocaine.Delete
Both admins...the county doesn't hire City employeesDelete
I wonder which county worker...hmmmm....Delete
Hey did anyone at the golf course see the power meeting going on out on the deck on a chilly morning yesterday? There at the meeting where Peter Ryan and Mayor Lou waiting patiently for the days special lecture from the one the only Dan Crawly. Let me tell you Peter and Lou sat there with there mouths open and eyes bulging out like to 8 year old boys with there first Playboy magazine as Dan schooled them about who knows what. I have no idea what they talked about but I can tell you all one thing Dan was giving them a lesson about something and they where very great full for his time spent with them.ReplyDelete
Dan, after all, is a dedicated public servant.Delete
Dan is dedicated to Troy! Never mind his bragging on social media about how excited he was to get out of Troy and move to Brunswick. Because who else should be appointed to run theTroy Housing Authority, if not a jackass patronage hack who can't stand living in Troy himself?Delete
Yes folks, GOP logic at its finest.
Oh, for a second there your quote about "excited to get out of Troy" I thought you were talking about the cops.Delete
Big fat bully soon to be looking for a job. Real tough with the ladies.Delete
He was giving lessons on how to hide a crack pipe with out being caughtReplyDelete
You can't use your dune buggy for bail jackass!~~!Delete
Did you have fun tearing it up on the dance floor with Big Kev last night Bobby? it's cute you visit him while he bounces. Please tell us there's video.Delete
Lansingburgh Action Hero, and his little dog tooDelete
Especially of the slow dancesDelete
Isn't it romantic? We know he loves those freckles and that pale skin.Delete
Drugs, infidelity, bad judgment, ruined lives. I'm surprised the Dems don't try to run him for council in Lansingburgh.ReplyDelete
If not he can always start a Facebook page. Felons Action GroupDelete
Great idea 6:36, they already have built-in representation.Delete
Oh really. And who is that?Delete
Id' like to hear her opinion on whether Kevin McGrath can run again for public office as a convicted felon.Delete
My friend moved into a new pad but has no furniture. Went on Facebook and begged people for some. Promised lady a new driveway for furniture. Ha. Good deal!~~! She'l never get driveway. Scored some nice couches and tables with stone on em. Sittin on couch now trying to make up new stories about he flock.ReplyDelete
If any jack off says that i got arrested. It's a lie. No good city employee concert promoter is going to be fired now for trying to get me arrested.
My nephew has his nose in books right nose and he will get me free!~~! Thats a fact Jack.I knows the truth and it will come out soon. Big shake up coming soon.
am I drunk or are you? WHAT!!!!!ReplyDelete
is that you pookie???????ReplyDelete
There's only one "pookie" that I know and he couldn't buy a conviction. ;)Delete
Thanks for looking into this, Jim. The public deserves to know the truth.ReplyDelete
Gotta go change the name on the paving truck again. Gotsto keep changing it so no one catches on to the scam. White truck with black letters is easy to do. Thats how we gyspsies dooooz it. I need a new tv. if you gots one I will promise to seal your driveway for you. Also looking for some roomates or friends with benefits if you know what i mean.Living in the Burgh now closer to my hero Kevin. Moved up here to run against Gordon. Vote for me and I seal your driveway. Thats how I doooz it. Go Jets. This is our year. Gotta go. Gonna dress like a twenty year old punk and take some selfies for facebook page. Gotta find a cool car to stand in front of. I tell everybody its mine. Chicks dig that. OOOh my favorite Fleetwood mac song is on. Gotsto post it on facebook too. Love me some Stevie nicks.ReplyDelete
Oh yeah i think that cop in this story pulled me over a couple times. Karma.
Legend says that when you can't sleep at night it's because you're awake in someone else's dream.Delete
whoever your thinking about now is who you should be with tomorrow . that's why im thinking of uncle sams new truck.Delete
Someone wrote in that everyone was coming to this guys side in support and the PBA was going to announce a fund raiser in the near future, are you kidding? Geeze, you all are looking bad enough, don't do that. Sounds like this guy has really made some poor choices in his life. My thoughts are with his wife and kids if he has any.ReplyDelete
bob nadeau ahahahhahaReplyDelete
At least someone keeps it real.Delete
Don't forget close personal friendship with credit union sefcu rep also I think she's In savana Georgia these daysReplyDelete
That's not where she lives. That's her name dummyDelete
Is Lou too good to do the ice bucket challenge?ReplyDelete
No he's to Fu€king old. Did you ever hear of George Allain.Delete
He did do the challenge numbnutsDelete
Just spoke to NYS Civil Service, what's been going on is NOT legit. They told us we can sue and have legitimate reason to .bahahaha. There are rules to Civil Service for a reason. This reason exactly.ReplyDelete
Who is the drug dealer?ReplyDelete
I don't think you can, but then again no rules are followed with the City, if you vote him in, you are a part of the problem. McGraths have been an issue with Troy since the eighties, no offense your Honor, I'm not talking about youReplyDelete
Featherweight Flash Gordon is running scared. Not even halfway through his frist term and hes already losing control. Empty campaign promises from an empty suit.Delete
So,its been thirty days, Did the City decide to put Gross back on payroll?ReplyDelete
What is going on with this? Did he go back to court? I haven't read anything in a while...........ReplyDelete
Jim? Inquiring minds want to know ? We haven't forgotten about thisReplyDelete
I saw him helping out down at the Dunkin Donuts job on Congress..Mayor Lou...really? Thought you were a honest Catholic man, you need to go to confession for the sinsReplyDelete
Way to follow up on the story..real bang up jobReplyDelete