Five people were arrested following a number of investigations into drug sales in the Hudson Valley.

On July 28, members of the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT) executed a search warrant of at a home on Prospect Street in the Town of Marlborough.

Police allegedly found cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, digital scales, drug packaging materials, a loaded AR-15 assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, two .22 caliber rifles and four high capacity magazines during the search.

Joseph G. Montalbano, 20, 46-year-old Shane C. Lewis and 42-year-old Denise O. Stephens, all from Marlboro, were all found inside the home and arrested.

All three were charged third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal nuisance, conspiracy, all felonies, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of marijuana, misdemeanors.

Stephens is also facing charges for criminal possession of a firearm, a felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Montalbano potentially faces violations with the Ulster County Department of Probation.

On Aug 1, 29-year-old Anthony J. Oquendo of Saugerties was arrested after an investigation into diverted pharmaceutical sales, police say.

Oquendo was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance, felonies, and a misdemeanor for criminal possession of a controlled substance.

On August 2, 23-year-old Luke Robinson of Saugerties was arrested for allegedly selling heroin.

Robinson was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance, felonies. He was remanded to the Ulster County Jail without bail.

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