HUDSON—City police arrested two men they suspect of selling cocaine after executing a search warrant on the third floor at 409 Warren Street, July 23 at 2:26 p.m.
Renell Herrington, 56, who lives at the raided residence, was taken into custody just outside the building. William Chester Morrison, 22, also of Hudson, was arrested inside the residence.
Both men were charged with: two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for intent to sell, a class B felony; one count of fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony; third degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class E felony; criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor, and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, a class A misdemeanor.
During their search of the residence, police seized nearly a pound of marijuana, more than a half-ounce of crack cocaine, more than an eighth-ounce of powder cocaine, two hypodermic syringes, a digital scale, materials suitable for the packaging of individual quantities of narcotic drugs and $440 in cash, according to a press release from City Police.
The search warrant was issued in Columbia County Court based on evidence of the sale of crack cocaine from the location. Both men were held for arraignment in City Court.
Prior to the execution of the warrant the Hudson Police Special Operations Unit, with the assistance of detectives and uniformed patrol officers, deployed a noise/flash diversionary device, which led area businesspeople and passersby to think a transformer or fireworks may have exploded.
The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office assisted with the investigation.
The Greenport Rescue Squad provided assistance during the operation and was placed on standby in case emergency medical services were needed. Hudson firefighters were also standing by.
According to the press release, Hudson Police intend to continue their efforts to improve the quality of life in the city.
Anyone with information about drug activity or any other criminal activity, is encouraged to contact police at (518) 828-3388, 24 hours a day.
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