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Task Force seizes crack cocaine from Albion man on parole

Staff Reports Posted 11 December 2017 at 12:50 pm

Kenneth Thompson

ALBION – The Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force charged an Albion man with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony.

Kenneth L. Thompson, 52, of 135 North Main St., Room 3, allegedly had crack cocaine packaged for sale in his room, the Task Force said today. Thompson was charged on Friday after an investigation into the sale and distribution of crack cocaine. Thompson is currently on New York State Parole for a previous drug conviction.

The Task Force worked with the Albion Police Department and NYS Division of Parole in the investigation.

Thompson was arraigned by Albion Town Justice Joseph Fuller, who had Thompson committed to the Orleans County Jail without bail due to his previous criminal history. Thompson is to appear in Town Court at 9 a.m. on Dec. 13.

A parole detainer has been filed with the County Jail by the NYS Division of Parole. The Task Force said additional charges are pending in the case.

(Update 3:42 p.m.)  Thompson appeared in Orleans County Court this afternoon on a bail hearing. Sara Sheldon, the acting County Court judge, set bail at $50,000, which was the requested amount by District Attorney Joe Cardone. The DA said Thompson has five prior felonies, several misdemeanor crimes, and previous probation and parole revocations.

Sheldon agreed to the $50,000 bail, citing Thompson’s criminal history as well as out-of-state ties in Florida.

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