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Orange County News For Immediate Release Contact: Ryan Greenbaum June 22, 2022 845.615.3657, 845.415.0868c
District Attorney Hoovler Details State Prison Sentence For Conviction After Jury Trial in Narcotics Case
Port Jervis Man Convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree for possessing 43 grams of Fentanyl and 9.5 grams of Cocaine
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Sheldon Cooper, age 36, of Port Jervis, was sentenced to an aggregate sentence of ten years in state prison and three years post-release supervision in connection with his conviction following a jury trial in the Orange County Court of all charges against him including Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.
Cooper was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at the Hampton Inn hotel located in Town of Wallkill. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Group aided in the execution of the search warrant at the hotel. The seizure was the result of an investigation conducted by the City of Port Jervis Police Department, who were assisted by the Orange County Drug Taskforce, and the Town of Wallkill Police Department. Cooper was arrested by the Town of Wallkill Police Department.
Among the items seized during the execution of the search warrant were approximately 43 grams of fentanyl, approximately 9.5 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, packaging materials commonly used for narcotics sales, $4,621.00 and approximately 34.5 grams of a substance commonly used as cutting agent by those involved in narcotics sales. At the time of the execution of the warrant, there was also a two and a half-year-old child in the room with the suspected narcotics. The search warrant, which was drafted with the aid of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, was part of an investigation into illicit narcotics sales in the City of Port Jervis.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Port Jervis Police Department, the Town of Wallkill Police Department and the Orange County Drug Taskforce for their investigation and the arrest of the defendant.
“Fentanyl is lethal and is increasingly linked to overdose deaths,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “Thankfully, the concerted and collaborative efforts of law enforcement to target the peddlers of this poison helps not only to get the drugs off the street, but the drug dealers too. I hope the significant sentence in this case stands as a warning to others that dealing dangerous drugs will not be tolerated. My Office will continue to prioritize the prosecution of drug dealers and seek to hold them accountable, including by litigating the charges brought by law enforcement through to verdict.”
District Attorney Hoovler highly commended Senior Assistant District Attorney Janine Kovacs and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bennett who prosecuted the case.
A criminal charge is merely an allegation by the police that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.