Hudson man admits to drug sales

30 year old Lavone McClendon, who was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a controlled substance by Hudson Police. Was arraigned and plead guilty to the charges, in Columbia County Court. Sentencing is scheduled for April 5th.


From Columbia County D.A.'s Office:

On February 22, 2018, Lavone McClendon was arraigned in County Court and convicted by plea, as indicted, upon his indictment for two (2) Counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, Honorable Jonathan D. Nichols presiding. The Court scheduled sentencing for April 5, 2018. The Hudson Police Department, Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett's Office, and the New York State Police investigated this matter and arrested Lavone McClendon. The Public Defender represents Lavone McClendon. (Indictment No. 17-035)


Original Press Release:

Press Release

Lavone McClendon aka “Buttons”

Indictment Drug Arrest

After 7 months on the run the City of Hudson Police Department reports the final arrest from Operation “BLUE HAMMER” - wanted fugitive Lavone McClendon, aka “Buttons”.

HPD detectives learned that McClendon was staying at 527 State Street. Detectives and uniformed officers positioned themselves around the building and arrested him after a brief foot chase when he ran out the back door.

Lavone McClendon, 30, of Hudson was arrested on a Sealed indictment that was filed in Columbia County Court on June 29, 2017 charging him with two (2) counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd both Class B Felonies that was signed by the Honorable Columbia County Court Judge Jonathan Nichols.

Operation “Blue Hammer” was a joint drug investigation / operation involving the cooperation of multiple law enforcement agencies including; The City of Hudson Police Department, The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, The New York State Police, The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and The Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force.

McClendon was transported to the City of Hudson Police Department where he was processed and transported to Columbia County Jail awaiting County Court Arraignment on February 20, 2018.

“Mr. McClendon was on probation for a prior felony drug sales conviction. These are new charges for felony drug dealing. We saw last summer what disorder drug peddlers can cause in our city.” Chief

Pic: Hudson Police Department

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