Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

PORT JERVIS – In the morning hours of December 22, 2016, members of the Port Jervis Police Department, assisted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Group, executed a Port Jervis City Court no knock search warrant at 225 Jersey Avenue as a part of a continuing investigation into the illicit sales of narcotics in the City of Port Jervis.

Reginald Fletcher

Reginald Fletcher

According to authorities, a search of the residence yielded what is commonly referred to on the street as an “eight ball” (1/8th of an ounce) of crack cocaine; several prescription controlled substances, and $2,134.00 in U.S. Currency. A digital scale and packaging materials were also recovered.

Detectives arrested the following residents of 225 Jersey Avenue as a result of the warrant:

Reginald Fletcher, age 45, was arrested and charged by detectives with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony. Detectives allege that Fletcher possessed the cocaine with the intent to sell; and Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, for possessing in excess of 500 mg of crack cocaine.

Kathleen Slockbower, age 43, was arrested and charged by detectives with Criminal Nuisance in the First Degree, a class E felony, for allowing Fletcher to sell crack cocaine from the residence in exchange for her receiving money.

Kathleen Slockbower

Kathleen Slockbower

A 23-year-old was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a class A misdemeanor, after being found in possession of a small amount of crack cocaine.

A 33-year-old was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a class A misdemeanor, after being found in possession of small amounts of crack cocaine.

The four defendants were arraigned in Port Jervis City Court before the Honorable James M. Hendry III, City Court Judge. Fletcher was remanded to the custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office without bail, because Fletcher had more than two prior felony convictions. In New York, a local criminal court judge cannot set bail on a defendant charged with a felony offense who has two or more previous felony convictions, according to authorities.

Slockbower was remanded to the custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on $5000 cash bail/$15,000 bond alternative.

The 23-year-old was remanded to the custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on $1000 cash bail/$3,000 bond alternative.

The 33-year-old was released on his own recognizance pending a future appearance in Port Jervis City Court.

Jamarr Gooden

Jamarr Gooden

In addition, on December 16, 2016, members of the Port Jervis Police Department, assisted by members of the Division of the New York State Police, executed a no knock search warrant at 20 Brooklyn Street, first floor apartment, as part of an ongoing investigation into the sales of heroin in Port Jervis.

As a result of the search warrant, detectives seized 346 individual decks of heroin which were packed into bundles and bricks, common street names for how heroin is packaged for distribution; 2.3 grams of powder cocaine; ½ ounce of marijuana; oxycodone tablets; packaging materials, and $661 dollars in U.S. Currency.

Jamarr Gooden, age 28, of 20 Brooklyn St., was arrested and charged by detectives with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, for possessing heroin and cocaine with the intent to sell; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, for possessing one-eighth of an ounce or more of a narcotic drug; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, for possession of 500 mg of cocaine; and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Gooden was arraigned in Port Jervis City Court before the Honorable James M. Hendry III, City Court Judge, and remanded to the custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on $50,000 cash bail/$100,000 bond alternative.

Police Chief William Worden credited citizen tips with aiding in the investigations, and extended his appreciation to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police, among other agencies, for the strong inter-departmental effort to combat the drug problem in Port Jervis and the surrounding communities.

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is the policy of HVNN.com to withhold the names of those charged with misdemeanors.

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