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2 Kingston men arrested after attempted drug sale, cops say

Alton T. Countryman, 25, of Kingston, is charged

Alton T. Countryman, 25, of Kingston, is charged with third-degree drug sales and second-degree evidence tampering, as well as misdemeanor fourth-degree marijuana possession. (Dec. 13, 2012) Photo Credit: Kingston Police Department

Two Kingston men were arrested Wednesday in the area of Wrentham Street and Hindsdale Avenue after one of them tried to sell drugs to an undercover officer, police said.

Alton T. Countryman, 25, of Wrentham Street, was hit with felony charges of third-degree drug sales and second-degree evidence tampering, as well as misdemeanor fourth-degree marijuana possession, Kingston police said Thursday.

Ronald B. Countryman Jr., 26, who lived at the same address, was charged with misdemeanor driving without a license and unlawful marijuana possession, a violation, police said.

Kingston police said they do not know whether the two are related.

Acting on information, city police detectives set up an undercover narcotics operation Wednesday along Wrentham Street. They caught Alton Countryman agreeing to sell cocaine and prescription pills to an undercover officer, police said.

The tampering charge usually means the suspect tried to hide or destroy evidence, according to police, but they said they do not know specifically why Alton Countryman was charged with that.

Alton Countryman was arraigned Thursday before Kingston City Court Judge Lawrence Ball and released on his own recognizance to appear again on Jan. 3. Ronald Countryman was given an appearance ticket to appear at a later date. Further information on Ronald Countryman's next court appearance was not available Thursday, nor was information on their legal representation.

Neither suspect could be reached for comment.

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