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Five Indicted in Hudson Crack Cocaine Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Five residents of Hudson, New York, have been indicted for their involvement in a crack cocaine distribution ring that operated in Columbia County.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II; and Vadim D. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The following defendants have been arrested and charged by indictment:

  • Archie Evans, a/k/a “A.J.,” age 41
  • Bryce D. Hallback, a/k/a “Bruce,” age 32
  • Julan E. Morrison, a/k/a “Weez,” age 37
  • William C. Morrison, a/k/a “Whoody,” age 31
  • Steven M. Richardson, a/k/a “Fetty,” age 35


Each defendant is charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine between August and December 2017.  The charges are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

If convicted, each defendant faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

This case is being investigated by the New York State Police’s Special Investigations Unit, the FBI, and the Hudson Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne A. Myers.

Updated March 21, 2018

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