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Dutchess Heroin Dealer Who Sold Drugs Around Kids Faces Decade In Prison

Jason Brewster, 35
Jason Brewster, 35 Photo Credit: Dutchess County Drug Task Force

A major heroin distributor from Poughkeepsie who regularly sold drugs around children is facing a decade in state prison.

Jason Brewster, who will be sentenced to 10 years in state prison.on Sept. 5, has pleaded guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first degree, a class A-1 felony, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Tuesday.

As uncovered during a joint investigation involving the Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF) and the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit (SIU), with assistance from the Dutchess County Drug Task Force (DCDTF), Brewster sold in excess of 260 grams of heroin to an informant, with a street value of more than $16,000, Schneiderman said.

Between October 2015 and February 2016, Brewster made six such sales to the informant andsold heroin on a regular basis out of his home where children were present, and in other locations in and around Poughkeepsie, including a location right near the S.F.B. Morse Magnet School, located at 101 Mansion Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, according to Schneiderman.

“Deadly drug traffickers like Jason Brewster fuel and exploit the opioid epidemic that’s tearing families apart across New York,” said Schneiderman. “We will continue to partner with local law enforcement partners to find and prosecute dangerous criminals who deal death in our communities.”

Brewster was apprehended on May 23 after a 15-month manhunt conducted by the Attorney General’s OCTF, NY State Police SIU, and DCDTF. Ultimately, Brewster returned to his Poughkeepsie residence and was captured by law enforcement who had been surveilling the house, Schneiderman said.

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