Fugitive in drug case arrested

Fugitive in drug case arrested
A Granville Police Department patrol vehicle.

Rick. E. Emrick, 42, of West Rutland, Vermont, was arrested by two Granville officers at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland, Vermont after being identified as a fugitive from justice by Vermont police for an indictment warrant stemming back to court-warranted searches nearly a year ago.

Emrick was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance being a narcotic drug with the intent to sell, a class B felony, second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance being a narcotic drug weighing four ounces or more, a class A felony, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree with the use of scales, a class A misdemeanor.

On Feb. 27, 2021, a Granville police officer had Judge Roger Forando sign a search warrant for property seized in a case from earlier that morning. The warrant was executed at 7:20 p.m. with three now-former Granville officers present, Sgt. Ryan Pedone, officer Keith Seebode and officer Ronald Taylor.

Pedone said he used bolt cutters to cut the lock off a black Vaultz bag and quickly observed what appeared to be a bag of cocaine along with a sandwich-sized Ziplock bag with several smaller bags of what appeared to be cocaine inside the Ziplock bag.

Pedone also located another Ziplock bag with crack cocaine inside, a set of brass knuckles, a digital scale, a plastic spoon with what appeared to have cocaine on it and a small plastic container with multiple pills, heroin and suboxone inside.

Upon further investigation, the three officers observed the first Ziplock bag to be inside a bigger Ziplock bag that had seven smaller bags of cocaine inside.

The seven bags of cocaine had respective weights of 10.16 grams, 16.98 grams, 27.59 grams, 31.44 grams, 30.80 grams, 30.77 grams and 30.90 grams, weighing in at an estimated 178.64 grams (0.4 pounds).

The bag of crack cocaine had a estimated weight of 54.47 grams.

The officers discovered a variety of drugs inside the pill container, including 15 pills of MDMA, one gram of cocaine, 12 pills of Alprazolam at 1 milligram apiece, one pill of Clonazepam at one milligram, 21 bags of heroin, two pills of Clarithromycin at 25 milligrams, three pills of VyVanse, two suboxone sublingual strips, three-and-a-half pills of Buprenorphine/Hydrochloride, two pills of Buprenorphine/Hydrochloride at eight milligrams and one unknown pill.

The plastic spoon tested positive for cocaine.

All of the evidence was bagged and sent to the State Police Crime Lab for testing and approved weights.

On March 1, 2021, Forando signed a second warrant, this time to search Emrick’s vehicle that was towed from Warner’s Body Automotive on County Route 26 in Granville to the Granville Village Department of Public Works garage on Quaker Street. The vehicle was secured and locked in the building.

The search warrant was executed on March 2 by Granville police, State Police, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the National Guard Counterdrug Unit.

A hypodermic needle/syringe that appeared to be loaded was discovered along with a small blue plastic container that tested positive to being cocaine. Photos were taken and the items were taken into evidence.

On March 10, 2021, all the collected evidence was delivered to the State Police Crime Lab in Albany with the assistance of Investigator Hunt of the Whitehall police department.

Indictment warrants were issued on Sept. 30, 2021 and the warrants were entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), with the arrest formally occurring on Jan. 12.