KINGSTON – A Kingston man was convicted by an Ulster County Court jury of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Willie Rodriguez, 31, was found guilty on Friday of with having purchased one of the guns along with possessing 120 bags of heroin with intend to sell. He is scheduled to be sentenced in October.
The case stemmed from State Police and the Ulster County URGENT Task Force receiving information in December 2017 about the location of two stolen guns. The agencies conducted an undercover sting operation at 79 Livingston Street in the Village of Saugerties to recover the weapons.
That operation resulted in the arrests of Rodriguez, Skylar Eichert, Gina Julian.
Eichert was charged with selling the weapons, pled guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and was previously sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
Julian was charged with heroin-related crimes and pled guilty to criminal possession of drugs. Her sentencing is pending.