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Hudson Valley Teen Nabbed With Cocaine, Handgun

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department busted a teen with more than 11 grams of cocaine.
The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department busted a teen with more than 11 grams of cocaine. Photo Credit: City of Poughkeepsie Police

A 17-year-old Hudson Valley teen was busted with more than 11 grams of cocaine and a loaded handgun during a search of his home.

Aquel Scott, 17, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested Friday when members of the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department Neighborhood Recovery Unit, along with the Emergency Services Unit and the New York State Police served the warrant following an investigation into drug sales in the area, said City of Poughkeepsie Sgt. Terrence Beam.

The search was the result of an investigation into illegal drugs sales conducted by the department, state police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Beam said.

During the search, officers recovered more than 11.7 grams of cocaine, a loaded defaced .32 caliber gun, more than $1,000 in cash and numerous items used in the distribution of drugs, he added.

Scott was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, among other charges.

He is being held pending arraignment.

Community members with information regarding drug dealing or suspicious activity in their neighborhood are encouraged to call the Neighborhood Recovery Unit at 845-451-4060.

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