A New Jersey man is heading to prison for selling heroin in the Hudson Valley.

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On Thursday, 31-year-old Farrad Thompson of Paterson, New Jersey was sentenced in Ulster County Court.

Thompson received the maximum sentence of nine years in State Prison, to be followed by 2 years of Post-Release Supervision. Thompson also received the maximum sentence of 2-4 years in State Prison to run concurrently.


“Fentanyl is the deadliest drug involved in the opioid epidemic, and this office is holding those responsible for the illegal sale and distribution of this dangerous drug accountable to fullest extent of the law," District Attorney David J. Clegg stated.

The investigation was conducted by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and the URGENT taskforce, with the assistance of the Town of Lloyd Police Department and New York State Police VGNET.

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On July 6, 2021, Thompson pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony and one count of conspiracy in the fourth degree, a class E felony.

On July 7, 2020, in the vicinity of Washington Avenue and Taylor Street in the City of Kingston, Thompson knowingly and unlawfully sold fentanyl to an Ulster County resident in exchange for a sum of U.S. Currency.

On March 5, 2021, in the vicinity of New York State Route 32 in the Town of Saugerties, Thompson did conspire with another person to sell heroin to an Ulster County Resident.

The charges stemmed from an extensive investigation into bulk trafficking of fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine from Paterson, NJ to mid-level dealers in Ulster County, police say.

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