DA Hoovler Announces Guilty Verdict in Middletown Narcotics Case

December 6, 2021

Middletown Man Convicted after Trial of Possessing 19 bags of Cocaine with Intent to Sell
After City of Middletown Police Execute Search Warrant

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Monday, December 6, 2021, Cory Williams, 46, of Middletown, was convicted following a jury trial in the Orange County Court of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Williams faces a maximum sentence of fifteen years in state prison when he is sentenced by Orange County Court Judge Hyun Chin Kim on February 10, 2022. By law, Williams must be sentenced to at least six years in state prison. Williams was remanded to the Orange County Jail without bail following the jury’s verdict.

On December 18, 2019, the City of Middletown Police Department, aided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Special Operations Group and the New York State Police, executed a search warrant at Williams’ residence on Little Monhagen Road, in the City of Middletown. The police also had a warrant to search the defendant’s vehicle as well as the defendant’s person. Williams was apprehended in the car at approximately 6:11 AM. A total of 19 individually packaged bags of cocaine were recovered from the defendant’s groin area and from between the defendant’s buttocks.

District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Middletown Police Department for their investigation and the arrest of the defendant, as well as the Sheriff’s Special Operations Group and New York State Police for their assistance in executing the search warrants.

District Attorney Hoovler highly commended Assistant District Attorney Tanja Beemer and Assistant District Attorney Alexis Gregory who prosecuted the case.

“The COVID pandemic may have slowed the pace at which some cases proceed through the criminal justice system, but this case demonstrates the District Attorney’s Office’s ongoing commitment to work with our law enforcement partners to stop drug dealers who attempt to profit off of the addiction of others,” said District Attorney David Hoovler. “ I thank the City of Middletown Police Department for their actions on this case, and their diligence in fighting the narcotics epidemic which is harming so many of our residents.”

This criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.