Three people were arrested on Saturday on felony drug possession charges in Greene County, according to state police.

The arrests stemmed from two separate incidents.

In the first, Richard J. Crianza, 35, of Cairo, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, said Steven Nevel, public information officer for state police Troop F.

The arrest followed an investigation that began Sept. 25 into the sale of heroin in Cairo, Nevel said.

Crianza was taken to the Albany County Jail, where he is being held on a parole violation, Nevel said.

State Police at Catskill’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation conducted the eight-month investigation. They were assisted by the Greene County District Attorney’s Office, Greene County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Parole.

The second two arrests occurred following a traffic stop at about 6:50 p.m., on the New York State Thruway in Coxsackie, according to state police.

Michael P. Hull, 38, of Greenport, and Shannon M. Caston, 33, of Kingston were both charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a narcotic drug, both class C felonies, three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, both class A misdemeanors. Hull was also charged with first-degree operator impaired by drugs, a class U misdemeanor, state police said.

Following their arraignment, Hull and Caston were released on their own recognizance, pending their next appearance in Coxsackie Town Court.

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