From Columbia County D.A.’s Office:
On March 26, 2018, Honorable Richard M. Koweek sentenced Fred Collins to two (2) years with the New York State Department of Correction; two (2) years post-release supervision, and ordered him to pay $200 in restitution upon his conviction of two (2) Counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. 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. (Indictment No. 17-029)
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, Bethlehem Police Department as well as members of the Columbia County Probation office all assisted in Operation Blue Hammer. Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka and his office were a part of this case from the beginning.
The following individuals were arrested as a result of this operation:
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.