Guilty plea in Greenport Heroin Case

From Columbia County D.A’s Office:

On June 11, 2018, Peter Medina was convicted by plea, as indicted, of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree, Honorable Richard M. Koweek presiding. The Court scheduled sentencing for November 19, 2018. Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett's Office investigated this matter and arrested Peter Medina. John Hillman represents Peter Medina. (Indictment No. 17-046)

Original press release:


Greenport, NY- Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that a Brooklyn man was arrested on Wednesday April 5, 2017 for a felony drug charge after a vehicle stop for traffic infractions on Fairview Avenue in the Town of Greenport.

On April 5, 2017 at approximately 6:05pm, Deputy Peter Merante was on routine patrol and observed a 2016 Nissan Altima traveling northbound on Fairview Avenue with no front license plate and dark tinted side windows. The Deputy initiated a traffic stop and approached the vehicle where he encountered three occupants. During the traffic stop, 21 bundles, which consisted of 203 individual doses of heroin was located in the vehicle. A bundle typically consists of 10 bags of heroin. The street value for 203 doses is about $2,000.00.

All three occupants of the vehicle were transported back to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Office Investigators assisted in the investigation, which led to 25 year old Peter R. Medina (a.k.a. Smooth) of Brooklyn N.Y., being arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree w/ intent to sell, a Class B Felony. Medina was arraigned before the Honorable Judge Brandon in Claverack Town Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail with no bail. The defendant is scheduled to appear in Greenport Town Court at a later date. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.

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