From Columbia County D.A's office:
On January 29, 2018, Fred Collins was convicted by plea, as indicted, of two (2) Counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, Honorable Richard M. Koweek presiding. The Court scheduled sentencing for March 26, 2018. The Hudson Police Department, Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett's Office, and the New York State Police investigated this matter and arrested Fred Collins. The Public Defender represents Fred Collins
On January 26, 2018, Clayton Rathbun was convicted by plea of Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, Honorable Richard M. Koweek presiding. The Court will sentence Clayton Rathbun on February 26, 2018. The Hudson Police Department investigated this matter and arrested Clayton Rathbun. The Public Defender represents Clayton Rathbun
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.
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.