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NY State Troopers Arrest Two in Heroin Ring Bust

Aleksandra Halerz, 23, of Shenorock and Joseph Watts 23, of Chappaqua, were arrested for possessing heroin and a hypodermic needle.

A Chappaqua man and a Shenorock woman were arrested for possession of about 32 grams of heroin after they were stopped for a traffic law violation on Tuesday, New York State Police said today. 

Aleksandra Halerz, 23, and Joseph Watts 23, were arrested on Jan. 8 by troopers in the Somers barracks in conjunction with the Westchester County District Attorney Narcotics Initiative.

Halerz and Watts were found to be in possession of a syringe as well as 106 packages, which is approximately 32 grams, of heroin. 

They were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, felonies. 

The two were arraigned before Somers Town Justice Dennis Timone and remanded to the Westchester County Jail. They are due back in Somers Court on Monday, Jan. 14.

The arrests are the latest in a heroin drug bust in northern Westchester and Putnam counties. There has been an increase in drug overdoses and several recent deaths have highlighted the problem, police officials said. The three suspected heroin overdoses occurred in Somers last month, resulting in two deaths. 

On Dec. 19, 2012, a four-month investigation into heroin distribution in the northern towns of Westchester County led to raids in Somers and Yorktown, according to state police. Police arrested Peter Muir, 25, Alora Muir, 19, and Cody Vonelm, 19, all from Somers, and Bret Oleet, 25, of Yorktown.  

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Earlier in the day, Roger Perry 19, of New Fairfield, was stopped by a Trooper on I-684 for doing 89 mph in a posted 65 mph zone. At the time of stop a strong odor of marijuana was emanating from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and approximately 40 grams of marijuana was located.

Perry was arrested and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. He was scheduled to appear in the Lewisboro Town Court on Feb. 4. 

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