Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel E. Abelove announced today that the New York
State Supreme Court has granted summary judgment to the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s
Office for the civil forfeiture of all cash and physical property seized during the April 2015 arrest
of Alexander Luciano, age 36.
On June 3, 2016, a jury convicted Luciano of two (2) counts of Criminal Possession of a
Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, both Class C felonies, as well as for three
misdemeanors and a violation. The defendant was charged in an indictment stemming from an
April 24, 2015 arrest. On that date, members of the Troy and Rensselaer City Police Departments
executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence. Inside detectives located 6.27 grams of
heroin, 3.8 grams of MDMA, a large marijuana grow operation, as well as $12,386.00 in cash and
other drug-related paraphernalia.
Following Mr. Luciano’s exhaustion of all appeals related to his conviction, the
Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office commenced a civil forfeiture action pursuant to
CPLR Article 13-A, against Alexander Luciano and his wife, Queyanna Luciano, for the proceeds
and instrumentalities of Mr. Luciano’s illegal activities. The Court ruled that the Rensselaer
County District Attorney’s Office met its burden of proof in the forfeiture action.
Luciano is currently housed at the Coxsackie State Prison for the convictions listed
above, where he is serving an eight (8) year sentence.
Abelove said, “My office will continue to aggressively prosecute drug dealers, and to
strip them of their illegal profits. This money will be used to strengthen law enforcement and
Assistant District Attorney Jacob B. Shear argued this case