A Kingston man is facing drug charges after making multiple cocaine sales to undercover investigators, police said.
Tyrone Watson, 43, of 43 Gill St., is charged with five counts of sale of a controlled substance and 10 counts of possession of a controlled substance, felonies, and three counts of misdemeanor use of drug paraphernalia, Kingston police said Saturday.
Watson's arrest was part of an undercover operation by the Kingston police's Special Investigations Unit targeting several bars and restaurants in the city and surrounding areas, police said. Undercover officers made numerous cocaine buys from Watson over the last several months, and on Friday, he was arrested as he was entering Rosita's Bar and Restaurant on East Strand Street in the city's Rondout waterfront district.
Watson had an unspecified amount of cocaine and what police described as "a substantial sum" of cash on him. Police got a search warrant and seized drug paraphernalia at his residence, police said.
He was being held at the police department Saturday pending arraignment in Kingston City Court, police said. No information on his lawyer was immediately available.