Three men, one of them a three-time felon, were arrested early Friday in a multi-agency drug investigation that led to the seizure of large quantities of cocaine, prescription drugs, anabolic steroids and other drugs from alleged dealers operating in Schuylerville and Greenwich.

The arrests led to the confiscation of more than 8 ounces of cocaine and $4,000 in cash after an investigation that involved local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Officers with the State Police Emergency Response Team, aided by a helicopter that focused on the alleged ringleader’s home on Broad Street in Schuylerville, were involved in at least one of the arrests.

State Police believe the men were involved in sales of significant amounts of cocaine as well as prescription drugs, marijuana and cannabis oil “dabs.”

Arrested were:

  • Peter D. Hockford Jr., 49, of Schuylerville, who was charged with the state’s weightiest drug count, first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as three other lesser felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is a three-time felon.
  • William Bullard, 30, of Hudson Falls, charged with felony criminal sale of a controlled substance.
  • Collin A. Morency, 19, of Greenwich, who was also charged with felony criminal sale of a controlled substance, police said.

Police said additional arrests are possible.

Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan said the investigation was a lengthy one, and the age of one of the alleged dealers, having just gotten out of high school, and the location of Hockford’s home near Schuylerville High School was concerning to authorities because of his access to young people.

“These guys were major players in our neck of the woods,” Jordan said. “The amount of interagency and intercounty cooperation during this investigation was significant.”

Hockford has a lengthy criminal record that includes at least three felony convictions, including a 1997 federal drug conviction that led to a 7-year-federal prison sentence, as well as one for burglary, and a misdemeanor for attacking a man in Argyle with an ax handle in 2015.

Hockford and Morency were arraigned and sent to Saratoga County Jail for lack of bail. Bullard was released on bail.

State Police from the Greenwich station, the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case, assisted by the district attorney’s offices in Saratoga and Washington counties.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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