Orange County News
For Immediate Release Contact: Christopher Borek
Monday, July 30, 2018 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces State Prison Sentence in
Walden Drug Conspiracy Case
Defendant Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Possessing Over Eight Ounces of Cocaine
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Monday, July 30, 2018, Terrance Burton, 38, of New Windsor, was sentenced by Orange County Court Judge Craig Stephen Brown to nine years in State Prison and five years post-release supervision for possessing over eight ounces of cocaine. On April 30, 2018, Burton had pleaded guilty to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, for having possessed more than eight ounces of cocaine in February of 2017, at a home in the Village of Walden.
On February 22, 2017 and February 23, 2017, Village of Walden Police intercepted two packages containing narcotics intended for Terrance Burton as part of an ongoing investigation. The narcotics recovered as part of that investigation totaled four kilograms, the largest amount ever seized in the Village of Walden. After the initial arrests in the case, the investigation continued with the aid of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The matter was submitted to a grand jury which charged Terrance Burton with crimes including Conspiracy in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree. The indictment alleged that Burton was engaged in a conspiracy to possess and sell cocaine and heroin. At the time Burton pleaded guilty, he admitted possessing over eight ounces of cocaine on February 23, 2017 at the East Main Street home in Walden.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Village of Walden Police Department for their investigation into Burton and his apprehension.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Janine Kovacs.
“This case demonstrates that no community is insulated from the narcotics that continue to ravage the lives of too many of our residents,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “I commend the Village of Walden Police Department for their investigation. My office will continue to work with all of law enforcement partners to combat the sale of illicit narcotics on our streets. While we remain committed to encouraging treatment for many offenders who are addicted to narcotics, the only effective way to combat the narcotics epidemic is to seek severe penalties for higher level narcotics offenders.”