Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a 36-year-old Town of Southeast resident. On April 26, 2022, members of the Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) executed a search warrant on the subject's residence as part of a firearms investigation. Members located a small heroin mill in the home along with a quantity of heroin and fentanyl, a loaded personally made pistol also known as a ghost gun, and a shotgun. The target of the investigation is prohibited from possessing firearms because he has two prior felony convictions.
The suspect was taken into custody and charged with, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree. He was held overnight pending arraignment.
On April 26, 2022, Deputies were dispatched to a home on Route 312 in the Town of Southeast for a Trespassing complaint in progress. While en route Deputies were advised that the home is owned by Putnam County and is maintained by the Parks Department. Upon arrival, Deputies were advised by Parks personnel that there was an open window and they had observed someone inside without permission. Deputies entered the residence and conducted a search and subsequently located a subject hiding in the attic. The suspect, a 34-year-old male, who was believed to be homeless, was arrested for Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. He was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Southeast Court and was given a referral to the Department of Social Services for possible housing assistance.
On April 25, 2022, NEU members conducted a traffic stop on a Honda Civic, on State Route 22 in the Town of Southeast, for a vehicle and traffic violation. During the subsequent stop, it was determined that the driver, a 57-year-old Town of Wingdale (Dutchess County) resident, was in possession of fifty-six glassine envelopes of Fentanyl and was taken into custody without incident. The suspect was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony. He was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Folchetti, Town of Southeast Court, and was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility, pending a Putnam County Court appearance, due to the fact that he had two past felony convictions.
On April 26, he was arraigned by Putnam County Judge Spofford and was ROR'd, with the condition of appearing bi-weekly at Putnam County Probation.