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The Hardy Boys Go Bad
City of Poughkeepsie brothers involved in drug sting
BY HV NEWS STAFF • ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 10/19/16
In classic children’s literature, The Hardy Boys are a sibling crime fighting team who work together to solve police mysteries. In Poughkeepsie, the real life Hardy Boys are twin brothers who were arrested last Thursday morning for being part of a national drug ring that allegedly spread cocaine throughout the Hudson Valley and central New York.
Aaron and Andrew Hardy are the sons of former City of Poughkeepsie mayoral and school board hopeful Lance Hardy. The brothers were charged last week, along with 13 other locals, with “narcotics conspiracy” for their role in the drug syndicate OTL. OTL stands for Outta They League, after a Nevada-based music corporation. The Hardy brothers were additionally charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District sent out a release stating that the drug ring “distributed multiple kilograms of cocaine in and around Poughkeepsie, New York.” Using the music business as a front for the illegal trafficking, some of the drugs were smuggled into the area inside of karaoke machines. One box that was en route to Poughkeepsie was discovered by UPS authorities in Calabasas, California. Inside of it was approximately six pounds of cocaine stuffed into a karaoke machine. An additional 31 arrests were made in Kingston, Hyde Park, New Windsor and other locations by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Northern District.
The music business, owned by Malcolm Kinyon, served primarily as a front for the drug business. Kinyon is alleged to have used OTL to carry out wholesale drug transactions and launder money. The bank accounts for Outta They League took in more than one million dollars in less than three years.
In recorded conversations involving those arrested, the men bartered for discounts, discussed drug quality and even spoke about physical and gun violence against customers and other members of the group.
The City of Poughkeepsie Police and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation. A large police presence in the early morning hours in Kingston, with helicopters hovering, caused concern among many local residents. Hundreds of law enforcement personnel took part in the mass arrests.
The Hardy brothers both attended Poughkeepsie High School. The Facebook page for Aaron Hardy states that he additionally attended Marist College. According to local sources, both men had dabbled with careers in modeling and rap music. Their father, community leader Lance Hardy, ran for City of Poughkeepsie mayor in 2015 and City of Poughkeepsie school board but lost both spots. Lance Hardy was integral in organizing the March Against Violence in the City of Poughkeepsie. The elder Hardy’s Facebook page lists him as a “youth advocate, community activist, drug and alcohol counselor and minister.”