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Montgomery Co. Sheriff: Six arrested in drug investigations; Fort Plain residence raided

Montgomery Co. Sheriff: Six arrested in drug investigations; Fort Plain residence raided

Authorities raided the residence Wednesday, officials say
Montgomery Co. Sheriff: Six arrested in drug investigations; Fort Plain residence raided
Hoffman, Yerdon, Moylan, Rossi, Wadsworth and Peterson (insets); Items seized (background)
Photographer: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

FORT PLAIN - Six people have been arrested as a result of a nine-month investigation into drug sales in Montgomery County centered in Fort Plain, Montgomery County sheriff's officials said

Four of those arrested are from Fort Plain, one from Canajoharie and one from Amsterdam, officials said. All six face at least one felony drug count.

The arrests were the result of an investigation by the Montgomery County Drug Task Force, which is a joint effort, officials said. The task force includes the police departments in St. Johnsville, Fort Plain, Canajoharie and Amsterdam, as well as the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, the state police, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

The arrests came after Amsterdam police and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department Regional SWAT Team executed a search warrant on Abbott Street in Fort Plain, the residence of 60-year-old Sharon Hoffman, officials said.

Inside, investigators found more than $23,000 in cash believed to be the direct result of drug sales, a long barreled gun, a pistol pellet handgun, 2.5 pounds of marijuana, marijuana smoking paraphernalia and a small amount of cocaine, officials said.

Those arrested:

  • Sharon M. Hoffman, 60, of Fort Plain, third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance, felonies, and fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana, a misdemeanor.
  • Owan J. Yerdon, 21, of Fort Plain, third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance, felonies.
  • April D. Moylan, 37, of Fort Plain, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony.
  • Joneen M. Rossi, 32, of Fort Plain, third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance, felonies.
  • Ricky A. Wadsworth, 62, of Canajharie, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony.
  • Levelle Peterson, 37, of Amsterdam, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, and a parole violation.

Other arrests are also expected, officials said.

"The formation of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force and all law enforcement agencies working together with one common goal is one of the best things that has happened for Montgomery County," Sheriff Jeffery Smith said in a released statement. "These arrests are proof that it can be successful and proof that continued cooperation is necessary."

Each of those arrested, except Peterson, was arraigned and held on $20,000 bail. Peterson was ordered held on the parole warrant.

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