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Investigation follows drug sweep

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    Lance Wheeler for Columbia-Greene Media Search warrants for drugs led police to three addresses on State Street on Tuesday night.
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    Lance Wheeler for Columbia-Greene Media Several people were in custody after four drug raids in Hudson on Tuesday night.
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    The Columbia County Sheriff’s K9-unit was at the scene of drug sweep Tuesday night in Greenport.
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    Police enter a home at 21 Healy Boulevard in Greenport on Tuesday while executing a search warrant.
June 6, 2018 06:11 pm Updated: June 6, 2018 06:37 pm


HUDSON — Several people were taken into custody after multiple drug raids in Greenport and the city late Tuesday night, police said.

With search warrants in hand, police searched 228, 241 and 508 State St. in Hudson and 21 Healy Blvd. in Greenport on Tuesday night, according to a statement from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Columbia County Sheriff’s officials declined to comment Wednesday on more details about the raids, the number of arrests they yielded arrests or what, if any, drugs were seized.

State Street was closed 9:30 p.m. to pedestrian and vehicular traffic while police executed the search warrants. The street was reopened around midnight Wednesday. More than 30 Hudson police officers, state troopers and officials from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office participated in the raids.

Several people were taken into custody Tuesday night, Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said. Sheriff David Bartlett declined to say how many people were arrested Tuesday as a result of the raids.

“This is all ongoing right now,” Bartlett said.

Police were looking for drugs, but Moore would not say what kind. Police investigated suspected drug trafficking for several months, which led to the search warrants, according to the sheriff’s office.

Police were looking for heroin and powder and crack cocaine, Bartlett said.

“This effort that you see tonight is part of an ongoing pressure that we will keep on the drug dealers in this city,” Moore said at the scene Tuesday on State Street. “Our effort is to improve the quality of life for the residents on this block [of State Street].”

Moore declined to comment on cash or weapons found at the State Street addresses and Healy Boulevard residence.

“We’re just basically sending a message to these drug dealers — don’t do it here,” Bartlett said. “If you continue to deal drugs, we will come here in force and take you into custody.”

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Columbia-Greene Shared Response Team were assisted by Hudson police, state police, the Greene, Ulster and Saratoga counties sheriffs’ offices, Greenport police and the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force.

Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka and the Columbia County Probation Department are assisting in the investigation.

Lance Wheeler contributed to this story.

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