Feb. 28 - Mar. 1, 2009

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Ulster corrections officer charged with trafficking


KINGSTON – A part-time Ulster County Jail corrections officer was arrested Friday on charges of drug trafficking at the jail, Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum said.

Sheriff’s detectives and officers from the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team arrested Peter Portalatin, 23, of Saugerties.

The investigation revealed that Portalatin was responsible for introducing heroin, OxyContin, marijuana and tobacco into the jail.

As a result of the investigation, detectives were able to arrange a narcotics transaction involving heroin between Portalatin and an undercover officer at a local service station in the Town of Ulster. He was arrested at that time after a brief struggle. No one was injured.

He was charged with bribe receiving in the second degree, attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, receiving reward for official misconduct in the second degree, attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree and tampering with physical evidence, all felonies.

He was charged with official misconduct and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.

Portalatin was arraigned in Ulster Town Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 in property bond.

He had been employed with the sheriff’s office since August 27, 2007 and was terminated this Friday after his arrest.


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