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Police: 4 charged after heroin bust; 150 bags seized

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    Thomas Confer Jr.
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    Meagan Svida
July 11, 2018 07:19 pm

STOCKPORT — About 150 bags of heroin were seized in a drug bust that netted four arrests Tuesday, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said.

Thomas Confer Jr., 35, and Meagan Svida, 33, both of Stockport, were charged after a two-month police investigation, according to a statement from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Confer was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, a class B felony; fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony; and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, according to the sheriff’s office.

Svida was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony; and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, according to the sheriff’s office.

Two men who were on the property at the time of the bust were arrested on separate charges, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Wayne Lopez said.

Charley Cintron, 39, also of Stockport, was arrested on an outstanding Columbia County Family Court warrant, according to the sheriff’s office. Roger Delease Jr., 39, of Ancram, was arrested and charged with first-degree loitering, a class B misdemeanor, according to the sheriff’s office.

The heroin had a street value of $2,300. Two grams of crack cocaine were also seized at the home, Lopez said.

The investigation began after the sheriff’s office received several complaints from residents nearby about alleged illegal activity at a house at 2870 Atlantic Ave., the address of three of the four suspects, according to the sheriff’s office

“This investigation was a huge success largely due to the cooperation of all the agencies involved,” Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett said in a statement. “As always, we continue to aggressively target anyone spreading this poison throughout our community.”

All four suspects were arraigned in Claverack Town Court and sent to Columbia County Jail on bail. Svida was held on $5,000 bail. Confer was held on $20,000 bail. Cintron was held on $35,500 bail. Delease was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Stockport Town Court.

State police, state Parole and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office spearheaded the investigation.

Around 500 people in Columbia County were admitted to state Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services-certified chemical treatment programs from January 2016 to September 2017 for heroin use, according to state Department of Health’s website. Data from September to December 2017 and January to July 2018 have not been released.

Emergency Medical Services in Columbia County administered the heroin and opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone 63 times in 2016. Law enforcement administered the drug 10 times in 2016 and 12 times in 2017, according to state health department’s website.

Anyone with information about suspected illegal activity can contact 518-822-8477. Calls are confidential, police said.