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Tri-County Drug Investigation Nets a Large Quantity of Fentanyl and Heroin

Published: 5/20/2022

For More Information Contact:

 Detective/Sergeant Adam D. Harris, 845-463-6040

The Dutchess County Drug Task Force reports the arrest of Laquan Falls, age 26 of Newburgh on 5/17/22, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (Fentanyl) with Intent to Sell in connection with a 3 month investigation by the Drug Task Force into drug sales in the Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster County areas. Mr. Falls was taken into custody by Task Force Agents and was in possession of a significant quantity of Fentanyl as well as other illegal drugs. Search Warrants related to this investigation were executed by the Dutchess County Drug Task Force in Orange, Ulster and Dutchess Counties resulting in the seizure of additional narcotics.

Mr Falls was arraigned in the City of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail. Mr. Falls also has a Federal Arrest Warrant for his arrest as a result of this investigation.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can often be lethal in small doses. Illegal drugs, for example heroin, is often contaminated with Fentanyl. Fentanyl is believed to be as 100x more potent than morphine and according to the DEA as little as two milligrams of Fentanyl can be lethal. In Dutchess County there have been a significant number of overdose deaths related to Fentanyl use.

The Dutchess County Drug Task Force was assisted by the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team, United States Drug Enforcement Adminastration, United States Probation, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, City of Poughkeepsie Neighborhood Recovery Unit, Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force, New York State Parole, City of Newburgh Police and the Town of Lloyd Police.

If anyone has information about individuals selling drugs, you are urged to contact the confidential tipline at or call 845-463-6040.

As with any criminal case, the charge described above is merely an accusation and Mr. Falls is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


L. Falls