Hudson man sentenced to prison for drug sales

posted by Bill Williams - 

A Hudson man, who was picked up in a July drug sweep, was sentenced to prison today, in Columbia County Court. 

From Columbia County D.A's Office:

On December 18, 2017, Honorable Richard M. Koweek sentenced Damien Hernandez to one and one-half (1 1/2) years with the New York State Department of Corrections; two (2) years post-release supervision; and ordered him to pay $500 in restitution upon his conviction by plea, as indicted, of three (3) Counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. The Hudson Police Department investigated this matter and arrested Damien Hernandez. The Public Defender represents Damien Hernandez. (Indictment No. 17-030)


Original press release:

Operation “Blue Hammer” strikes at Columbia County drug dealers

Hudson, New York: Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017, a multi-agency operation into illegal drug trafficking in Columbia County resulted in the arrest of eight individuals. Uniformed and Plain clothed officers from the City of Hudson Police Department, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and the New York State Police executed Superior Court arrest warrants along with local warrants targeting mid-level drug dealers in Columbia County. The warrants are the result of a more than six month long investigation conducted by members of all agencies involved. Additionally agents from DEA Albany,DEA New York City, CNET Capital, Albany County Sheriff’s Office,Bethlemem Police Department as well as members of the Coumbia County Probation office all assisted in Operation Blue Hammer. Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czjka and his office were a part of this case from the beginging.

The following individuals were arrested as a result of this operation:

Clayton Rathbone, age 51 of Selkirk, N.Y. was charged with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, a class B Felony Arraigned in front of Hudson City Court Judge Connor and remanded to the Columbia County Jail, $5000.00 bail.

Damian Hernandez lll, age 20, of 107 Green Street, Hudson, N.Y. was charged with three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, all class B Felonies. Arraigned in front of County Court Judge Nichols and remanded to the Columbia County Jail, no bail.

Donna J. VanAlstyne, age 53, of 525 State Street, Hudson, N.Y. was charged with three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, all class B Felonies. Arraigned in front of County Court Judge Nichols and remanded to the Columbia County Jail, no bail.

Fred L. Collins, age 59, of 217 Robinson Street, Hudson, N.Y. was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, both class B Felonies. Arraigned in front of County Court Judge Nichols and remanded to the Columbia County Jail, no bail.

Richard L. Colwell, age 42, of 227 Columbia Street, Hudson N.Y. was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, both class B Felonies. Arraigned in front of County Court Judge Nichols and remanded to the Columbia County Jail, no bail.

Samuel A. McGriff, age 34, of Schoharie Turnpike, Catskill, N.Y. was charged with three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, all class B Felonies. Arraigned in front of County Court Judge Nichols and remanded to the Columbia County Jail, no bail.

Andre A. Moma, age 21, of 1159 East 80th St Brooklyn NY was charged with three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, all class B Felonies. Arraigned in front of County Court Judge Koweek and remanded to the Columbia County Jail, no bail

A seventeen year old from Hudson was also arrested and charged with three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, all class B felonies.

Sheriff Bartlett stated; This investigation was a huge success, interagency cooperation, superior police work and enthusiastic police officers neted several dealers who were spreading poison through out our community. Federal, state, county and local police agencies working together is a must. Information sharring makes our community a safer place for everyone. We will continue to aggressively target and pursue anyone dealing or distributing narcotics. We will use any and all resources at our disposal to complete our cases.

Chief Moore- HPD will have a continued strategy to work cooperatively with other agencies. I am grateful to Sheriff Bartlett and his willingness to work with us, provide the assets needed to target and successfully prosecute these very despicable, remorseless, crack and heroin peddlers.

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are pending.

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