Allegations involve prescription medication sales
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department on Monday (June 9) reported the arrest of a 26-year-old Garrison man on charges involving illegal sale of prescription drugs.
According to the department, the action stemmed from efforts that began in January when the sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit learned of someone supposedly selling prescription narcotics from home. During the ensuing investigation, an undercover deputy infiltrated the operation and arranged to purchase Roxicodone pills from the individual in question, identified as John C. Villetto of Hickory Ridge Road, the Sheriff’s Department claimed.
Sheriff’s narcotics officers arrested Villetto May 9 during investigative activity along Route 9 when they stopped his car. The department alleged that when stopped, he possessed Xanax and Roxicodone tablets, packaged for sale.
Villetto was charged with multiple accounts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Arraigned before Philipstown Justice Steven Tomann, he was remanded to the Putnam Correctional Facility but subsequently released on payment of $10,000 as cash bail, with a court appearance pending.
The Sheriff’s Department reminded the public “that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”