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Police raid in Rome yields drugs, cash and a gun

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - One man is in custody and facing charges after members of the Rome Police Detective / Special Investigations unit, Special Response Team, Patrol Division and the Oneida County Drug Task Force executed a no-knock search warrant on Floyd Ave.

In the early morning hours of Friday, July 8, a search warrant was executed at 714 Floyd Ave in Rome. One man, identified as 24 year old Benjamin J. Chirman, with a last known address of 520 East Bloomfield Street, was taken into custody and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

During the search of the premises, police, with the assistance of Rome K-9 Officer Richard Galluppi and his partner, Riso, located a quantity of crack cocaine, packaging materials, a digital scale, $350 cash and a loaded .45 caliber handgun.

Further investigation determined that the hand gun had been reported stolen in the City of Rome on a prior date.

Chirman is being held in Rome Police lock up pending arraignment in Rome City Court.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.

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