One of those arrested in "Blue Hammer" drug raid, gets probation

From Columbia County D.A.’s office:

On February 26, 2018, Honorable Richard M. Koweek sentenced Clayton Rathbun to five years probation and ordered him to pay $50 restitution upon is conviction of Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. The Hudson Police Department with the assistance of Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett’s Office, the New York State Police and, the Captial District Drug Enforcement Task Force investigated this matter and arrested Clayton Rathbun. The Public Defender represents Clayton Rathbun. (SCI No. 077-17)

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.

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