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Man, Woman Accused Of Dealing Heroin, Fentanyl, Crack In Hudson Valley

The recovered drugs and handgun.
The recovered drugs and handgun. Photo Credit: Dutchess County Sheriff's Office

A duo from the Hudson Valley is facing serious charges after they were allegedly caught with hardcore drugs.

Ronald Bernard, age 62, and Sandra Fleming, age 66, both of the City of Poughkeepsie, were arrested after the Dutchess County Drug Task Force found them with large amounts of heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl, according to the sheriff’s office.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can prove fatal in small doses and is increasingly found in illegal drugs like heroin.

Bernard and Fleming were each charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a felony.

The arrests came after members of the task force searched multiple locations in the Town of Wappinger and Poughkeepsie, police said.

In addition to the drugs, officers also recovered an illegal handgun, according to police.

Bernard was arraigned in the City of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and taken to the Dutchess County jail without bail. 

Fleming was released on an appearance ticket ahead of her next court date on Wednesday, June 22.

The Dutchess County Drug Task Force asked anyone with information about the case or other people selling drugs to contact its confidential tip line at or call 845-463-6040.

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