2017-06-21 / Front Page

Van Leuvan arrested on multiple drug counts

Big Indian resident held in Delaware County jail

Delaware County Sheriff's Office Investigators arrested 30 year old Joseph P. VanLeuvan, of Big Indian, on Wednesday, June 21.   Van Leuvan, an Ulster County parolee was charged with multiple felony drug charges following a joint investigation conducted that day in the Town of Middletown by members of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division, Margaretville State Police and the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (U.R.G.E.N.T.).   

Van Leuvan was charged with a total of four (4) class B felony offenses of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, two (2) class B felony offenses of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (possession with intent to sell), the misdemeanor offenses of Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in the Third Degree and Reckless Driving and various traffic violations including speeding and failure to keep right.

VanLeuvan is accused of selling more than 70 bags of heroin and more than one gram of powder cocaine in the Town of Middletown during the course of two sale transactions on Wednesday. Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators also seized more than $1,000 cash from VanLeuvan at the time of his arrest.

Investigators, acted on information received by law enforcement from a community member earlier this week, and conducted a “buy-bust” operation in the Village of Fleischmanns Wednesday afternoon. The suspect, after selling a quantity of Heroin and Cocaine to a confidential informant, immediately fled from the sale location in his vehicle at a high rate of speed to elude apprehension by Sheriff’s Investigators, Deputies and New York State Troopers.

After an extensive search for the suspect and his vehicle in the towns of Middletown, Roxbury and the Ulster County Town of Shandaken, the suspect’s vehicle was located on Carr George Road in the Town of Roxbury and was seized by Sheriff’s Investigators as a result of its use in the drug trafficking offense. The suspect was later located at a Pine Hill residence by members of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, New York State Police, Ulster County U.R.G.E.N.T. and the Town of Shandaken Police Department and was taken into custody without incident.

VanLeuvan has been supervised by New York State Division of Parole, Kingston, since his release from New York State Prison in May, 2016, after serving part of a prison sentence imposed following his 2011 burglary conviction in Ulster County Court.

 Shortly after VanLeuvan’s release from prison, law enforcement agencies in Delaware and Ulster Counties began receiving reports of VanLeuvan trafficking significant quantities of drugs and have diligently collaborated in their efforts to remove him from our communities.

 VanLeuvan was arraigned on those charges in the Town of Delhi Court and was sent to the Delaware County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 cash bail. The New York State Division of Parole was notified of VanLeuvan’s arrest. Sheriff’s Investigators anticipate a Parole Violator Warrant will be issued for VanLeuvan in the near future.

 Undersheriff DuMond remarked: “Joseph VanLeuvan has been a significant drug trafficker in the Delaware – Ulster County area since at least the fall of 2016. The removal of this drug dealer from our streets will have a definite impact on the volume and immediate availability of the heroin and cocaine that has been destroying lives and the communities in the Towns of Middletown and Roxbury, as well as the Ulster County Town of Shandaken.

I commend those who have stepped forward and provided information to law enforcement to help rid their community of this drug dealer. I strongly encourage others to call our toll-free tip line, 1-888-914-9111, or to personally meet with a Deputy, Trooper or Investigator to report suspicious activity or to provide drug related information, no matter how significant you believe it may be. The information you provide may be the final piece we need to rid your community of one or more sources of these deadly drugs and may help save the life of a friend or family member.

 This arrest helps illustrate that, as a part of our commitment to make our communities safer by ridding them of drug dealers, we will act swiftly, tirelessly and collaboratively with our law enforcement partners on all actionable tips and information received to bring the drug dealers to justice.”

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