Three arrested on drug charges in pre-dawn raids in Greenport

GREENPORT, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Sheriff Deputies say three people were arrested after a slew of drugs was found their homes.

According to authorities, the investigation focused on suspicious activity taking place at three separate locations in Columbia County. Law enforcement agencies conducted a six week investigation that yielded valuable intelligence and evidence.

The search warrants were executed at 141 Joslen Boulevard, 336 Joslen Boulevard, and 414 Joslen Boulevard in Greenport.  Drugs collected at these locations consisted of quantities of cocaine, crack, heroin, and marijuana.

Jimmie Johnson, 42, of Greenport, was arrested at 5:17a.m. and was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C Felony, and one count of Endangering the welfare of a child, a class A Misdemeanor. Johnson was arraigned in Livingston Town Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail with no bail.

Jimmie Johnson

Demetrius Amaker, 45, of Greenport, was arrested at 5:29 a.m. and was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C Felony, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A Misdemeanor.  Amaker was arraigned in Livingston Town Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail with no bail.

Demetrius Amaker

Lastly, Gary Smith, 53, of Greenport, was arrested at 5:50 a.m. and was charged with one count of Criminal Nuisance in the First Degree, a class E Felony.  Smith was arraigned in Livingston Town Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

Gary F. Smith

Per Sheriff David Bartlett, the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.

Bartlett encouraged the community to contact the Sheriff’s Office tips line at 518-822-8477 with any information on this, or other potential drug activity.  All tips are confidential.

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