QUEENSBURY, N.Y. - The Warren County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men after a K9 alerted them to the presence of narcotics during a traffic stop.
The Sheriff's Office says they stopped a vehicle on Route 149 in the town of Queensbury for traffic violations. During the course of the stop, a police K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. A further search led to the alleged discovery of 1,290 bags of heroin, worth $20,000, secreted within a DVD player in the car.
"It's the largest amount I've seen in my 20 year career," said Lt. Steven Stockdale with the Warren County Sheriff's Office.
Trayshawn Kareem Alexander, 21, and 22-year-old Jason Isaac Sledge, both of Brooklyn, were charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd-degree, a felony.
"We're having quite an exodus from NYC and the Patterson, N.J. area to here," said Stockdale. "Essentially they are low level carriers going from point A to B. There is no reason to believe they were late scale distributors but they were working for someone who was."
Lt. Stockdale says the increase in heroin use in the area is sky rocketing. A possible reason for that, Stockdale says, heavy prescribing of pain killers.
"People develop a dependency and when they run out they rely in street level transaction for OxyContin and Vicodin things along those lines," said Stockdale.
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