Sheriff: Two arrested, nearly 1,300 bags of heroin seized
Trayshawn Kareem Alexander (Warren County Sheriff’s Office)
Jason Isaac Sledge (Warren County Sheriff’s Office)
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
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.