Five Columbia County residents were taken to the Columbia County Jail following drug raids at three locations this week, Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett said Friday night.

Michael P. Kelley, 35, of Hudson was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A felony, and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a class B felony, Bartlett said.

Kertrice R. Willis, 27, of Philmont, and Benjamin Rodriguez, 40, also of Philmont, were charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A felony, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Class D felony.

Orlando Hughes, 40, of Hudson was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A felony, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a class B Felony, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony.

Samantha R. Goodson, 32, of Hudson was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A felony, Bartlett said.

Kelley was arraigned in Hudson City Court before Judge John Connor and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. Willis and Rodriguez were arraigned in Claverack Town Court before Judge Michael Brandon and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Hughes and Goodson were arraigned in Claverack Town Court before Brandon and both were sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail, Bartlett said.

A search warrant was executed at 9 S. 7th St. on Monday at about 8:35 p.m. in Hudson at the home of Michael Kelley. Sheriff’s investigators found approximately 150 grams of cocaine powder and crack-cocaine, along with packaging and scales. A quantity of heroin was also recovered, Bartlett said.

Another search warrant was executed Wednesday at about 9:30 p.m. at the home of Willis and Rodriguez. The search led to the discovery of about 190 grams of crack-cocaine. A search of the premises at 104 Main St., Apt. 3 in Philmont led to the discovery of another quantity of crack-cocaine, heroin, marijuana, packaging and scales.

Investigators also found during the search of the premises a defaced and loaded Springfield 9mm semi-automatic handgun, Bartlett said.

Rodriguez and Willis were arraigned Claverack Town Court by Brandon and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, Bartlett said.

Sheriff’s Investigators, Deputies and the Columbia-Greene Shared Services Response Team on Thursday about 9 p.m., executed a search warrant at 440 Route 66, Lot 41, at the Dutch Village Mobile Home Park in Claverack, in the name of Orlando Hughes of Hudson.

The search led to the discovery of about 189 grams of crack-cocaine, a small quantity of ecstasy, approximately $1,300 in cash, scales and packaging, Bartlett said.

Also found during the search were three handguns — a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun, which was defaced; a Ruger SR .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun; and a Ruger P90 .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, Bartlett said.

Goodson was present at the time of this search. She is on parole out of New York City on an attempted robbery conviction, Bartlett said.

Hughes and Goodson were arraigned in Claverack Town Court by Brandon. Both were sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail, Bartlett said.

All the search warrants were signed by Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek.

The investigations are continuing and additional charges are possible, Bartlett said.

The status and origin of the handguns also remains under investigation, but none of the suspects were permitted to possess handguns in New York state, Bartlett said.

Anyone with information about drug activity is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office drug tip line at 518-822-TIPS (8477), Bartlett said.

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RLUpstate

So much for the Gov's SAFE Act! Criminals can still get and use guns illegally but law abiding gun owners are restricted! He's loss touch with regular people in this state!

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