Guilty plea in drug sale case

Posted 6/25/19

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Friday, June 21, Alban K. Rowe, 29, of Walden, pleaded guilty before Orange County Court Judge Robert H. Freehill, to Criminal Sale …

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Guilty plea in drug sale case

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Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Friday, June 21, Alban K. Rowe, 29, of Walden, pleaded guilty before Orange County Court Judge Robert H. Freehill, to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, for having sold heroin to a man at a residence in the Village of Montgomery,
The man who received the heroin at approximately 3 a.m., on July 18, 2018. subsequently died of an overdose.

Rowe is scheduled to be sentenced on July 9, 2019, with respect to that case, as well as for a separate case. Rowe had also pleaded guilty on March 5, to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree for having sold heroin to an undercover police officer assigned to the Orange County Drug Task Force on May 24, 2018, in the Town of Newburgh.


The New York State Police and Village of Montgomery Police responded to the death at the Village of Montgomery residence. After it became apparent that the death was due to an overdose of heroin, Senior Assistant District Attorney Maryellen Albanese and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Ross were assigned to assist the police in investigating the death.


Rowe was subsequently arrested and charged with the class B felony of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree for having sold narcotics to the man who died. The investigation into the overdose death was conducted by the New York State Police aided by the Village of Montgomery Police Department, the Town of Montgomery Police Department, the Village of Walden Police Department and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office

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