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Three charged in city drug raid

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    Contributed photoRenell Harrington
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    Contributed photoRebecca Cook
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    Contributed photo Mitchell Brandow
February 22, 2019 03:24 pm

HUDSON — Three people are in custody after a drug raid in the city Thursday night, police said.

Renell “Pookie” Harrington, 65; Rebecca Lynn Cook, 50; and Mitchell Brandow, 58, of State Street, were arrested and charged after the raid at Harrington and Cook’s home at 10 Frederick St., according to a statement from Hudson police.

Harrington and Cook were charged with three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony; after police allegedly found cocaine and methamphetamine at the scene.

Brandow was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor. He is accused of having a small amount of crack cocaine, police said.

The raid was part of ongoing efforts by city police to address open drug dealing in Hudson, Chief L. Edward Moore said in a statement Friday.

“The investigation was thorough and well-planned,” Moore said. “The execution of the warrant went smoothly. The discovery of meth here has our attention.”

Harrington’s bail was set at $5,000. Cook was released on her own recognizance. Brandow was issued a court appearance ticket.

The city police’s detective unit spearheaded the month-long investigation and received assistance Thursday from deputies with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police troopers in addition to Assistant Columbia County District Attorney Joyce Crawford.