Plattekill man was dealing heroin with a 6-year-old in the house, police say

A house on 850A South Street in the town of Plattekill, the home of a convicted man on probation, has earned a reputation for drug dealing in the neighborhood. On Friday, a police search of the house turned up heroin, cocaine and guns, along with a six-year-old child.

Acting on complaints about heroin dealing at the house, officers from the Ulster County Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT) made a probation home check on Friday, March 21. A search of the house found 70 bags of heroin, cocaine, a loaded shotgun, a rifle, a stun gun and roughly $2,600 in cash.

The resident, 29-year-old Mark Nugent, shoved a probation officer and struggled with police when they arrived at his home, according to a statement by the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. The child, who police say was in Nugent's care, was in the house at the time. 

Nugent was arrested and charged with the following offenses, along with multiple probation violations:

  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree, a class B felony
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree, a class D felony
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree (2 counts)
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree
  • Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd degree
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Criminal Nuisance 2nd degree
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Nugent was arraigned in Plattekill town court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. 

URGENT officers were assisted at the scene by Plattekill town police.