|Columbia County Sheriff's Office
David W. Harrison, Jr., SHERIFF James R. Sweet, UNDERSHERIFF
|Copyright ©2006 Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Hudson, NY 12534
DRUG DEALERS ARRESTED
October 12, 2007
Greenport, NY Columbia County Sheriff David W. Harrison, Jr. reports that Thursday evening, three individuals
were arrested and charged with dealing narcotic drugs in Columbia County. He said that a Niverville man was
arrested at 6:53 PM on Thursday, October 11, 2007, after a two month investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Drug
Education and Enforcement Unit, (DEEU). Garth A. Clarke, (aka “T”), 36 yoa of Roland Road, Niverville, NY, was
arrested by the DEEU, and Sheriff’s Office special operations teams and Officers from the Greenport Police
Department, in his vehicle in a parking lot off of NYS Rte 9 in Greenport. Garth is charged with selling over ½
Ounce of Cocaine to an undercover Deputy Sheriff. An additional 26 Grams of Cocaine was found by Sheriff’s K-9
Nico and his partner, Deputy Sheriff Heath Benansky, after a search of Clarke’s automobile at the time of arrest.
Also, just over $1,300 cash was recovered from Clarke himself. Clarke is charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled
Substance 2nd Degree, (A-II Felony), and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, (B Felony).
Clarke was arraigned before Greenport Town Judge, the Hon. Francis Abitable, and remanded to Columbia County
Jail No-Bail to return to court on October 15, 2007. Sheriff Harrison said the New York State Police in Livingston
assisted in the investigation and additional charges are likely.
Two other individuals were also arrested on Thursday October 11, 2007, pursuant to Sealed Indictments and
Superior Court Arrest Warrant’s issued by County Court Judge Jonathan Nichols. Ingrid N. Robinson, (aka
“Marsha”), 30 years old of Columbia Street, Hudson, NY and Sirmark A Buggs, (aka “Water”), of Franklin St,
Poughkeepsie, NY were arrested Thursday evening and held in the Columbia County Jail pending arraignment.
Both Robinson and Buggs were arraigned Friday morning in Columbia County Court by Judge Paul Czajka at which
time the Indictments were unsealed. Robinson was charged with 2 Cts of Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance 3rd
Degree (B-Felony), and 2 Cts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree (A-Misdemeanor), for
selling powdered Cocaine in the Town of Greenport. Buggs, who was arrested by the City of Poughkeepsie Police
Department Thursday evening and turned over to Columbia County Deputy Sheriff’s, was charged with 2 Cts of
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd – Degree and 2Cts of Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance 7th
Degree, for selling “Crack” Cocaine in the City of Hudson. Buggs is currently on NYS Parole for Attempted Criminal
Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree. Sheriff Harrison said that the Hudson Police Department
assisted in the Buggs investigation and the NYS Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, (C-Net) assisted
in the Robinson Investigation.
Sheriff Harrison said the members of his DEEU will continue to work with other law enforcement agencies to
investigate and arrest those people who deal drugs in Columbia County. He said that drug sales and usage leads
to other criminal activity which ultimately affects many of our communities. He praised his Deputy Sheriffs, the other
law enforcement agencies and the District Attorney’s Office for their cooperation in these investigations and said
that more arrests will follow.
Regarding the recent drug arrests, District Attorney Beth Cozzolino said, “The hard work and cooperation of the
Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies involved is taking serious criminals from our streets. Sheriff
Harrison has worked to develop one of the most experienced and professional drug units in Upstate New York.
Their dedication and professionalism results in convictions.”