From Columbia County D.A.’s Office:
On April 5, 2018, Honorable Jonathan D. Nichols sentenced Lavone McClendon to three and one-half (3 1/2) years with the New York State Department of Corrections, three (3) years post-release supervision and ordered him to pay $130 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 Lavone McClendon. The Public Defender represents Lavone McClendon. (Indictment No. 17-035)
Original Press Release:
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