GREENPORT — A Columbia County man was arrested twice over the past week on drug possession charges.

In the second arrest Saturday, at about 4:16 p.m., Brad Hapeman, 48, of Hudson, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado on Joslen Boulevard in Greenport, when he was pulled over by state police for multiple vehicle and traffic violations, said Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K.

An investigation determined Hapeman was driving under the influence of drugs, Hicks said. A further investigation discovered a small quantity of crack cocaine, a smoking device, digital scale and small plastic packaging bags.

Hapeman was charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, all class A misdemeanors, and first-degree operator impaired by drugs, Hicks said.

After he was charged, Hapeman was issued appearance tickets for Town of Greenport Court.

Hapeman was arrested on similar charges May 29, during a traffic stop in Claverack. He was issued appearance tickets following his arrest.

Police were unable to release specific details on the May arrest.

Hapeman remains out on bail for three separate drug arrests in Greene County, Hicks said.

On Jan. 20, following a traffic stop by state police on Route 23 in Catskill, Hapeman was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies. Hapeman is accused of being in possession of cocaine, MDMA pills, known as Ecstacy and Cannabis Oil.

On Oct. 16, 2021, following a traffic stop on Route 9W in Catskill, Hapeman was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies. State police said they recovered crack cocaine in the arrest.

On Oct. 7, Hapeman was charged by Catskill village police with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, with intent to sell, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Hapeman also remains on bail for a Nov. 1, 2021 arrest involving a burglary in Red Hook. Both Hapeman and his brother, Scott Hapeman, 50, are accused of breaking into the Red Hook Elks Lodge causing considerable damage to the building and stealing cash.

The Elks Lodge case is still pending in court.

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(1) comment

laurie

an addiction problem that the court should require treatment for

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