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“Poughkeepsie Journal: Poughkeepsie Dealer Sold $16,000 in Heroin to Informant”

August 14, 2017

As published by The Poughkeepsie Journal, on August 8, 2017.

A Poughkeepsie man faces 10 years in state prison for drug trafficking after selling $16,000 in heroin to an informant in Dutchess County.

Jason Brewster was charged with first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class A-1 felony, according to a press release from state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office. Brewster pleaded guilty to the charge.

An investigation by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force, the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit and the Dutchess County Drug Task Force found that Brewster sold 260 grams of heroin to an informant over six sales from October 2015 to February 2016.

The drugs were valued at $16,000.

Brewster sold heroin out of his home with children present and near SFB Morse Magnet School at 101 Mansion St. in the City of Poughkeepsie.

After a 15-month manhunt, Brewster was arrested while returning to his home.

“Deadly drug traffickers like Jason Brewster fuel and exploit the opioid epidemic that’s tearing families apart across New York,” Schneiderman said in the press release. “We will continue to partner with local law enforcement partners to find and prosecute dangerous criminals who deal death in our communities.”

Brewster’s sentencing will take place on Sept. 5. Assistant Deputy Attorney General Brandi Kligman prosecuted the case.

The investigation was part of Schneiderman’s Suburban and Upstate Response to the Growing Epidemic initiative to target opioid and narcotics dealers and gangs. The initiative has resulted in 246 alleged dealers “taken off the streets,” according to the release.