Ulster Co. officials arrest ‘Grandpa Woodstock’ on drug charges

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. – Officials in Ulster County arrested a Woodstock man on drug charges following a narcotics investigation.

The Town of Woodstock Police requested the assistance of the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team, or URGENT, after receiving numerous complaints in regard to Allyn Richardson, 70, selling marijuana and controlled substances from a Tinker Street home.

Woodstock Police also responded to a “home invasion” armed robbery at the Tinker Street location in mid-June.

URGENT and members of the Woodstock Police assigned to URGENT initiated an investigation and conducted numerous undercover buy operations. Officials executed a search warrant at the Tinker Street residence Friday afternoon and took Richardson, also known as “Grandpa Woodstock,” into custody.

A search of the residence revealed marijuana, diverted pharmaceuticals, electronic scales and drug packaging material.

Richardson was charged with four counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, four counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree.

Bail was recommended at $100,000 cash and $100,000 property bond by the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office. Richardson was arraigned in the Town of Woodstock Justice Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash and $100,000 property bond.

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