Orange County Man Sold Drugs Near Schools, Police say
Days before he was going to be sentenced to prison, an Orange County man is accused of selling drugs near local schools.
On Friday, the Port Jervis City Police Department with the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Group, Orange County Drug Task Force, Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Town of Deerpark Police Department and New York State Police Canine Team arrested 46-year-old Robert Burbridge of Port Jervis for selling crack cocaine.
Burbridge was charged with six counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, six counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell and two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near a school zone, all felonies.
Officials recovered 1.5 ounces of crack cocaine during the course of an undercover operation, police say.
Burbridge recently plead guilty to criminal possession of a weapon. He was out on bail awaiting an sentencing when he was arrested again, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
"The charges against Robert Burbridge allege multiple crack cocaine sales through out the City of Port Jervis and near school grounds,” District Attorney David Hoovler said. “What exacerbates this case was the fact that Burbridge was at liberty, on bail awaiting a 4-year prison sentence when the sales occurred.”
Burbridge was arraigned in Port Jervis City Court and remanded to Orange County Jail without bail pending further court appearances.