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Malta, New York’s Arthur Martin accused of narcotics trafficking, arraigned in Milton Town Court

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Arthur J. Martin, 42, of Malta, Saratoga County, New York, United States was arrested at 12:30 p.m. on March 18, 2022 after the execution of a search warrant, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. He is accused of narcotics trafficking.

Martin was charged with one count each of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Both charges are Class B felonies.

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The sentence for a Class B nonviolent felony is 1-3 years with a maximum sentence being 25 years. For a Class B violent felony, the sentence is 5-25 years.

In the U.S., criminal possession of a controlled substance occurs only when a defendant is knowingly in possession of the substance. The defendant must have known that he or she was carrying the drug or substance at issue and the substance he or she was carrying is actually illegal.

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Martin’s arrest is the result of a lengthy drug trafficking investigation in Saratoga County, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office stated. He was arraigned in Milton Town Court in Milton, Ulster County, New York before Honorable Judge Timothy Brown.

The Malta resident was remanded to the Saratoga County Correctional Facility in Ballston Spa, Saratoga County. His bond was set at $10,000 bond pending further action in the matter.

The New York Department of Corrections operates and maintains the Saratoga County Correctional Facility. The 243-bed capacity minimum-security adult facility has been operational since 1992.

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Malta is a town in the central part of the Saratoga County. Created on March 3, 1802, the town was originally called Dunning Street.

Born in Saratoga County in 1794, Ransom Cook is the inventor of the Cook Auger, also known as the Beetle Bit. In 1802, he and his family moved to the village of East Line, which is now Malta

George Speck, the chef who invented the potato chip, was born in Saratoga County in 1824. He was a lifelong resident of Malta and a member of the Mohawk people.

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