Arrests

Drugs and money police say were seized during a raid in Greenport. Contributed photo

GREENPORT — Two Greenport men — one charged by police as a major trafficker — were arrested in a drug raid Friday, Aaron Hicks, public information officer for State Police Troop K, said Monday.

Michael L. Ramsey, 39, was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and operating as a major trafficker, both class A-I felonies; third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a class B felony; fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony; and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, Hicks said.

Under New York state penal law 220.77(3), the charge of operating as a major trafficker is applicable when an accused person “knowingly and unlawfully possesses, on one or more occasions within six months or less, a narcotic drug with intent to sell the same, and such narcotic drugs have a total aggregate value of $75,000 or more,” according to the state courts website.

Richard F. Moon, 53, was charged with second-degree conspiracy, a class B felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, Hicks said.

Following an investigation by the Troop K Violent Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team, a search warrant issued by Columbia County Court was executed Friday at Ramsey’s residence in Greenport, Hicks said.

Police seized approximately 14.2 grams of fentanyl, 1,122 grams of cocaine, 53.2 grams of crack-cocaine, 42.2 grams of heroin, and a large amount of money, Hicks said.

Ramsey was arraigned in Town of Greenport Court and was taken to the Columbia County Jail, where he is being held without bail.

Moon was released on his own recognizance, Hicks said.

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