Guilty Pleas in Hillsdale marijuana grow operation

Two area men plead guilty Monday in Columbia County  Court, in a case that involved a marijuana grow operation in Hillsdale. 

According to the Columbia County D.A.'s office, 50 year old James Valentin of Hillsdale and 46 year old Michael Bauer of Coxsackie were arraigned and plead guilty to 2 counts of criminal possession of marijuana, and growing cannabis by an unlicensed person. 

Valentin was sentenced to 1 year conditional discharge. Bauer is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow.

Original press release below from May 2018:

State Police in Livingston stop large marijuana grow operation in Hillsdale

NEW YORK STATE POLICE Major Robert C. GregoryTroop K Commander


Hillsdale, New York - On May 15, 2018, the New York State Police from the Livingston barracks, and the Troop K Community Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested James M. Valentin, age 49, for Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the 1st degree, a class C felony, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, Unlawful Growing of Cannabis, both class A misdemeanors, and Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Non-Original Container, a violation, after the execution of a search warrant of his residence in the Town of Hillsdale, Columbia County. The search warrant was issued by a local magistrate after an investigation revealed the location of a large-scale marijuana grow operation on West End Road in the town of Hillsdale. The State Police seized numerous cannabis plants in various stages of growth located in the residence, and a large quantity of prepared marijuana.Valentin was arraigned before the Honorable Judge Michael Brandon of the town of Claverack Court, and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.


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