Another one of the eight people, arrested in a July drug sweep in Hudson, was sentenced in Columbia County Court Wednesday. 34 year old Samuel McGriff of Catskill will spend the next six years in prison and serve three years probation. McGriff was picked up by Police on July 5th.
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:
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.
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.