City pursues ongoing anti-drug program, with two raids and four arrests

HUDSON–City Police raided two locations last week in their continuing effort to squelch drug activity in the city.

Hudson uniformed officers, detectives and state Division of Parole officers executed a search warrant on the second floor of 134 Warren Street, October 2 at 2:30 p.m. Police charged Chancey J. Mowris, 31, and Edwin J. Mowris, 37, both of that address, with two counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), class A misdemeanors, according to a press release from City Police Chief Ellis Richardson.
During the raid, police also seized crack cocaine and heroin. The investigation is continuing.

Both men were arraigned in Hudson City Court.

On September 30, members of the Hudson Police Special Operations Unit, with the assistance of detectives and patrolmen executed a search warrant issued by Columbia County Court on the second floor of 226 State Street at 5:05 a.m. This is the second time in the past four months that city police have raided this address; the last time was June 20.

This warrant, like the earlier one, was based upon narcotics sales from the location, police said in the release.

Police charged Fred L. Collins, 51, who lives at the State Street address, and Verniell A. Hemmingway, 44, of Albany with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), a class A misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation; and growing of cannabis by unlicensed persons, Public Health Law–a class A  misdemeanor.

Police seized marijuana and cocaine. The investigation is continuing.

Both were arraigned in City Court before Judge Richard Koweek and were sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bail bond.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office assisted during the investigation and the Greenport Rescue Squad assisted with emergency medical support.

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


The following face alcohol-related charges:

*Phillip A. Graziano, 63, of Hudson was charged with driving while intoxicated first offense, driving with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, aggravated driving while intoxicated and having no or insufficient tail lamps by Officer Jason Finn during a traffic stop at 319 Warren Street, September 26 at 11:14 p.m.

*Tammy J. Rohr, 38, of Round Top was charged with driving while intoxicated by Officer Jason Finn, October 4 at 2:16 a.m.

Police charged Ms. Rohr after seeing her driving around in a parking lot at the rear of 507 Warren Street. She was held for arraignment.

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