2014 News Releases

Sheriff's Office
Adrian H. Anderson, Sheriff

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March 31, 2014        Print version

Vermont man charged with felony drug possession

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Chase R. Smith, age 27 of Pownal Vermont, for felony drug possession on 3/29/14 at approximately 12:45 pm in the Town of Amenia.

On the above date & time, Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Route 22 near Sinpatch Rd in Amenia, at which time Mr. Smith was identified as the operator & sole occupant. Through further interviews and investigation, Mr. Smith was found to allegedly be in possession of 176 Opana pills, which were located in the vehicle. Opana is a powerful pain killer and a controlled substance under the NYS Public Health Law. Mr. Smith has been charged with the following:

• Criminal possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree (Class B Felony)
• Unlicensed operation of a vehicle (traffic infraction)
• Fail to keep right (traffic infraction)

After being processed, Mr. Smith was arraigned before the Town of Amenia Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond.

As in any criminal case, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.