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Two charged in drug raid

December 19, 1997

By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

Staff Writer

Two men, allegedly known by the street names "Murder" and "Taz," were charged with numerous drug offenses, including making and selling crack cocaine, following the raid of a Frederick Street home Wednesday evening, according to Washington County District Court records.

The raid stemmed from a Washington County Narcotics Task Force investigation of allegations by an informant who told them the house, at 264 Frederick St., was being used as a place of business by several drug dealers, according to court records.

Michael Goodwin, 25, of 462 Central Ave., Apt. 3L, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Sean Lamonte Cohen, 25, address unknown, each were charged with manufacture and distribution of a narcotic; possession with intent to distribute narcotics; possession of a controlled dangerous substance, not marijuana; and possession of paraphernalia, according to court records.

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Goodwin allegedly goes by the nickname "Murder," according to police, and Cohen allegedly goes by the nickname "Taz."

Task force members supervised a crack buy by the informant, who was wearing an electronic listening device, before executing a warrant to search the house, according to court records.

The informant told police he bought the drugs from Goodwin and Cohen, according to court records.

Along with Goodwin and Cohen, police found numerous people, drugs and drug paraphernalia throughout the house during the search, according to court records.

A .22-caliber handgun was found behind a sofa in the home, police said.

Both Goodwin and Cohen went before District Court Commissioner Ralph H. France II on Thursday afternoon to request lower bond.

Bond for each had been set at $100,000.

France denied both requests.

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