Fort Plain police arrest nine on drug counts, charge accused pedophile in crash
FORT PLAIN The Fort Plain police force was busy Monday.
In the morning, the department wrapped up a six-month investigation into the village drug trade with a string of nine arrests. After that, they brought in embattled local businessman and sex crime suspect Dennis J. Todd for the third time since August.
"We bit into a drug pipeline," said Chief Robert Thomas of the drug related arrests. "We got the whole tree."
Undercover police officers purchased drugs including heroin, suboxone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and marijuana from the suspects as part of the investigation. The sweep began at 9 a.m. Monday.
"This is a small community," he said. "Once you're got, you're got. Many of them were actually very apologetic."
Thomas could not comment on the origin of the drugs but said the investigation is still under way and more arrests are expected.
Arrested on drug charges were:
Ronald Hogan, 24, Beth Warner, 35, Douglas Ostrander, 28, all of 88 Main St. Fort Plain, were each charged with third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance, both felonies. Warner and Ostrander were also charged with criminal nuisance.
Joshua Tomlinson, 21, of 8 Railroad St., Nelliston, was charged with third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance.
Ginger Horning, 41, of, 25 LaFayette St., Palatine Bridge, was charged with third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance.
Raymond Mojica, 30, of 158 Mill St., Canajoharie, was charged with third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance.
Deedo Cook, 56, of, 18 Cross St., Fort Plain, was charged with third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance.
Nicholas Yager, 25, of 6 Willet St., Fort Plain was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and violation of probation.
Kelly Kennedy, 42, of 9 York St., Fultonville was charged with two counts of felony criminal sale of marijuana.
All await bail in Montgomery County jail.
Three other Fort Plain residents were also arrested on bench warrants, but Thomas said word of the sweep got out and several others rushed to court to pay their fines before police could arrest them.
A few suspects were not located immediately, he said, but warrants have been issued and more arrests are pending.
Just as the drug sweep was wrapping up, police received a call to respond to a hit-and-run accident on Railroad Street. Officers found that a resident's car was hit by a vehicle matching the description of one registered to Todd, 62, of 24 Willet St.
"We got a description of both the car and the driver," Thomas said. "Within minutes, we found him."
The dents on his vehicle corresponded to those from the accident, Thomas said, and Todd failed field sobriety tests. He now faces charges of driving while ability impaired by drugs, leaving the scene of an accident and failing to keep right.
Monday's charges are the third set to land on Todd in five months. He was arrested in August on charges of first-degree criminal sex act and assault in connection to his alleged contact with a 13-year-old boy and hitting one of the boy's adult family members in the head with a blunt object.
A month later, while retrieving confiscated belongings from the police station, he chased after a questioning WNYT film crew, yelling and lobbing a brick. He was charged with felony reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree harassment.