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Sheriff: Couple freed on bail charged with intent to sell drugs

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    Howard Mackey and Tasha Rogers
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    Howard Mackey
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    Tasha Rogers
March 11, 2019 06:13 pm Updated: March 12, 2019 09:55 am

 

HUDSON — A Hudson man freed on bond after allegedly selling drugs was back behind bars Monday on similar charges.

Howard D. Mackey Jr., 41, and Tasha N. Rogers, 36, both of Hudson, were charged Friday with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both class B felonies, according to a statement released by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

City Judge John Connor Jr. sent Mackey to Columbia County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail and Rogers on $15,000 bail. Both are due back in court on March 12.

The couple has been the subject of an ongoing drug investigation into the sale of fentanyl and heroin in Columbia County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Mackey, who was originally denied bail, was released on $10,000 bond after making a bail application to Columbia County Court. His trial for the original 2018 charges is set for July 22, according to the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

Traffic bottlenecked at about 1:15 p.m. Friday on Fairview Avenue near Oakwood Boulevard after the Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement and Education Unit pulled over Rogers’ 2003 BMW SUV. Both Rogers and Mackey were inside the vehicle, police said.

As the two were questioned, police issued a search warrant at the couple’s first-floor apartment at 340 State St. on Friday.

More than 400 doses of heroin with a street value of $3,000, a scale and packaging material were allegedly seized at the State Street apartment by sheriff’s deputies, Hudson police officers and officers with the Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force.

A stun gun and $4,000 in cash were found inside Rogers’ vehicle during a search Monday after a warrant was obtained, according to the sheriff’s office.

Mackey was charged Nov. 14, 2018 after he was found with double the amount of heroin – valued at $6,000 – and packaging material, police said.

Mackey was charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree with intent to sell, one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, both class B felonies, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, police said.

Rogers was charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all class A misdemeanors, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, police said.

Three children were in the apartment at the time of the search, police said.

About 4 grams of cocaine and concentrated cannabis, which is a controlled substance, were also recovered by investigators.

Rogers pleaded not guilty to the charges at her arraignment on Dec. 11. She was released and ordered back to court for her next appearance on April 3.

The three-month investigation was initiated after police received tips from the community regarding illegal activity at the home.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office is assisting the sheriff’s office.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@thedailymail.net, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.

CORRECTION: This story has been edited to correct an error. In an earlier version the bail amount for Howard Mackey Jr. was reported as $100,000. It has been corrected to read $10,000. We apologize for the error.