Mother and son run separate drug rings in upstate New York.

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A family that works together, stays together, but even if they don’t work together, they can still coexist. Such was the case in the upstate New York town of PlatteKill, located near Poughkeepsie, roughly 90 minutes north of New York City. Christine Altro, 53, and her son Christopher Altro, 27, were both arrested last Wednesday in separated raids from two completely separate investigations.

According to reports, the pair were running two unconnected drug rings in several towns in the Poughkeepsie area of the Hudson Valley. Police received a tip about a woman who was peddling prescription painkillers in the village of New Paltz. The Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team or URGENT conducted an investigation, which led to Christine selling oxycodone and morphine to undercover officers during several transactions.


She has been charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, all of which are felonies.

In similar fashion, her son Christopher sold heroin to undercover officers in the town and village of New Paltz, leading to his arrest. No word on whether the mother and son knew of each others operations but authorities cited that both investigations yield no connection to each other.

After the arrests, both were brought to Ulster County Jail. Christine booked on a $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond bail, while Christopher on a $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond bail.