Crack bust lands Hudson man in county jail

HUDSON–As the result of executing a search warrant at 226 State Street, City Police charged Fred L. Collins, 51, who lives there, with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine), a class A misdemeanor; second degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia (packaging material), a class A misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

The warrant was executed on the second floor of the building June 20 at 12:05 a.m. and was based upon evidence of crack cocaine sales from the location, according to a press release from Chief Ellis C. Richardson.

Police seized marijuana, crack cocaine and materials suitable for packaging individual quantities of narcotic drugs.

The investigation is continuing.

Mr. Collins was arraigned in City Court and jailed in lieu of $250 cash bail or $500 bond.

HPD’s Special Operations Unit, with the assistance of detectives and patrol officers, executed the search warrant.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office assisted during the investigation. The Greenport Rescue Squad was on standby to provide emergency medical services if needed.

In the release, Hudson Police said they will continue their effort to improve the quality of life in the city.

Anyone with information about drug or any other criminal activity is encouraged to contact police at (518) 828-3388, 24 hours a day.

*Thomas R. Franqueira, 28, of Bellows Falls, Vt. was charged with second degree menacing, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, third degree criminal possession of a weapon (previous conviction) and second degree burglary at 15 North Front Street by Officer Randy Clarke, June 16 at 10:27 p.m.

Mr. Franqueira allegedly forced his way into a residence and threatened a woman with an electronic dart/stun gun in front of children.

On June 18 at 5:58 p.m. in connection with the June 16 incident, Mr. Franqueira was additionally charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal possession of weapon by Officer Jacob Hoffman. Police say they found Mr. Franqueira to have a “Cheetah” stun gun, a butterfly knife and a bottle containing 10 pills identified as Clonazepam 1 mg, a controlled substance.

Also in connection with the initial incident, Mr. Franqueira was charged with two counts of second degree criminal contempt by Officer Dean Rowe, June 23 at 9 a.m.

He allegedly violated an order issued by Columbia County Family Court.

Mr. Franqueira was jailed on all the above charges.

*Luz V. Santiago, 45, of Hudson was charged on an arrest warrant with second degree menacing and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon (with intent to use) by Sergeant Thomas Foutch, June 22 at 6:04 p.m.

Ms. Santiago allegedly threatened a man with a knife May 31.

Arraigned before Acting City Court Judge William Cranna, she was sent to the county jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bond.

*Darien J. Moore, 18, of Hudson was charged with first degree criminal contempt by Officer Mishanda Franklin, June 17 at 2:44 p.m.

Mr. Moore allegedly violated an order of protection issued by Columbia County Family Court. He turned himself in at the police station.


The following face drug- or alcohol-related charges:

*Anthony J. Dingman Sr., 46, of Hudson was charged with third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (cocaine) at 534 Warren Street by Officer Jason Finn, June 22 at 8:53 a.m.

Mr. Dingman is accused of selling a plastic bag of cocaine to an undercover police officer during a covert drug investigation in November 2008. The State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team assisted HPD with the investigation. Mr. Dingman was the subject of similar charges following the execution of a search warrant December 28, 2008.

Arraigned in City Court, Mr. Dingman was jailed in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond.

*Albert H. Pforte III, 46, of Cairo was charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument at Partition and Second streets by Officer Jason Finn, June 22 at 1:44 p.m.

After receiving a report of a suspicious person, police say Mr. Pforte was found to have a hypodermic needle for heroin use.

*Stephen W. Barrera, 45, of Stuyvesant was charged with driving while intoxicated (third offense), first degree aggravated unlicensed operation and unsafe backing by Officer Dean Rowe, June 19 at 10:18 p.m.

Mr. Barrera was involved in a property damage accident at 221 Warren Street, which was reported by a witness. He was subsequently found to have a suspended or revoked license due to prior alcohol-related offenses. Mr. Barrera was jailed without bail.

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