Police around the Catskills made a slew of drug trafficking arrests this past week, finding a secret marijuana grow house in Walton, 98 bags of heroin during a traffic stop in Saugerties, and a dealer who allegedly sold prescription medications from his business on Main Street Cairo.
On Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division and Ozzie, a drug-sniffing dog, raided a house on County Road 23 in the Delaware County town of Walton and reportedly found a secret marijuana grow house hidden behind a false wall in the garage, according to a press release:
During their search of a garage on the premises, Deputies and Investigators noted that the interior dimensions of the garage appeared noticeably smaller than its exterior and subsequently discovered a clandestine room that was being used for the indoor propagation, cultivation and processing of marihuana.
Ten pot plants were seized, and 47-year-old Michael D. Spencer, 39-year-old Toni L. Spencer and 18-year-old Bradley T. Jackson were arrested.
That same day, in Greene County, the New York State Police and the town of Durham Police arrested 54-year-old Stephen C. Sanders for allegedly selling prescription medications from his business on Main Street in the Greene County town of Cairo, according to a press release.
On Friday, Sept. 11, the State Police arrested 34-year-old Brett Gordiano, also of Cairo, for allegedly selling prescription medication and heroin in the town, according to a press release.
Also on Friday, in Ulster County, the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team arrested 25-year-old Tristan A. Mortensen and 24-year-old Jessica L. Jones after finding 98 bags of heroin and three grams of crack cocaine in their vehicle during a traffic stop in Saugerties, according to a press release.