Drug Sweep Ends With Numerous Felony Charges

Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois announced at a media briefing Thursday that 22 people had been charged with selling drugs following an approximately six-month investigation. (photo by Bob McCormick)
Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois announced at a media briefing Thursday that 22 people had been charged with selling drugs following an approximately six-month investigation. (photo by Bob McCormick)

By Mark Gerlach

CITY OF NEWBURGH – A drug sweep targeting the outside of the Center For Recovery located at 3 Commercial Pl. has resulted in about 22 area residents receiving felony drug charges.

The area outside of the center, which offers substance abuse treatment, had become a “hot bed of illicit drug activity,” a statement from the Orange County Drug Task Force said. The sting began in March.

Undercover officers purchased drugs outside the clinic as part of the investigation. Mostly prescription drugs were involved in the sales, such as: methadone, clonazepam, oxycodone and Adderall.

The investigation was largely sparked by complaints made by the community. Clinic patients “were being accosted by drug dealers trying to sell them drugs as they left the clinic,” the statement said.

The announcement was made at a press conference Thursday afternoon at the corner of Commercial Place and Dickson Street. Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler, Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois and City of Newburgh Police Chief Daniel Cameron attended the conference, among others.

“Prescription medication abuse is at epidemic rates nationwide,” DuBois said.

A majority of the suspects were charged with felony criminal sale of a controlled substance. Two of the suspects hailed from New Windsor. Seven from Newburgh. One from Rock Tavern. One from the Bronx. Twenty-two defendants were charged in total. Other areas included Port Jervis, Pine Bush, Wallkill, Monroe, Middletown and Sparrowbush.

Reckless Driving Leads to Arrests

A recent trend of reckless driving has struck the Town of Newburgh, culminating in a pair of arrests.
A high speed car chase with police came to a head on June 4 as a driver, who had previously ran a red light, recklessly turned into Tot’s ‘n Us Day Care while there were adults and small children in the driveway. He was driving a Ford pick-up truck.
No one was struck or injured.
The driver, upon arrival by police, fled the scene. The driver headed north on Route 300 and then north on Route 32 at high rates of speed passing other vehicles in no-passing zones, police said.
The driver entered Plattekill and made a high-speed turn onto Firehouse Road – a dead end street. At the end of the street, the driver attempted to make a U-turn on the lawn of a home and only gave up when an officer drew his weapon.
The truck was stolen from the Quality Landscaping company lot off Gardnertown Road, police said.
Harold Hall, 21, was charged with five reckless endangerment felonies, as well as a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge and more than 20 traffic violations.

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