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Police seize drugs and cash in raid on Columbia Street in Hudson


HUDSON–Three people were arrested, and drugs, drug packaging equipment and cash were seized when city police executed a search warrant at a first floor residence at 452 Columbia Street at about 9 p.m. September 10.

Arrested were: Cedrick Antonio Maurice Fulton, 38; Charee L. Race, 29, and Victor V. Downes, 27, all of whom live at the Columbia Street address. Also there at the time police arrived with the warrant was a seven-year-old boy.

All three adults were each charged with two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, class B felonies; criminal use of drug paraphernalia, class A misdemeanor; and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

Mr. Fulton is currently on state parole and a warrant has been lodged against him for violating the conditions of that parole.

During the police search, authorities seized crack cocaine, a digital scale and packaging material suitable for the packaging of individual quantities of narcotic drugs, and U.S. currency.

All three subjects were arraigned in Hudson City Court and sent to jail.

Members of the Hudson Police Special Operations Unit, along with detective and uniformed patrols executed the search warrant with the assistance of state parole officers from the Northeast Bureau.

The county District Attorney’s Office and the Greenport Rescue Squad assisted Hudson Police during the investigation.

City Police vow to continue their efforts to improve the quality of life in Hudson. Anyone with information about drug activity or other crimes is encouraged to contact Hudson Police at (518) 828-3388, 24 hours a day.

*Lancestone S. Yarde, 21, of Hudson was charged with third degree rape by Officer Nicolas Pierro, September 12 at 12:46 p.m.

Mr. Yarde allegedly had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl on or about March 2. He was charged on an arrest warrant following an investigation by City Police detectives.

He was held for arraignment.

*City Police are investigating a robbery in an occupied apartment at 41 North Second Street, Building 2, September 13 at 1:30 a.m.

Police say a 55-year-old woman was home when the apartment was broken into, but her 19-year-old son, who lives with her, was not.

A relative of the woman’s reported the crime to police after the fact.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took the woman to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released for injuries that were not life threatening, according to police.

No further details were available from police, who asked anyone with information about the crime to call them at (518) 828-3388.

*William C. Morrison III, 23, of Hudson was charged with second degree obstructing governmental administration and third degree aggravated unlicensed operation by Officer Tracey Newkirk, September 10 at 9:39 a.m.

Charged on an arrest warrant, Mr. Morrison allegedly fled from police to avoid arrest June 12, by driving away in a vehicle when his driver’s license was suspended.

He was held for arraignment.

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