Detectives found $20,000 in cash and six ounces of heroin after stopping a pair of vans in connection with an earlier robbery, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department said Wednesday.
Cops got a call at 8 p.m. on Sunday night from a man who said he was the victim of a robbery on Montgomery Street in the City of Poughkeepsie. The man told officers he was in his car, following five men who he said robbed him a few minutes earlier.
Police, backed up by state troopers and sheriff's deputies, intercepted the vans on Spackenkill Road near Red Oaks Mill in the Town of Poughkeepsie. A search of both vans turned up the cash and heroin, cops said.
Cops arrested Luis R. Encarnacion, 41, Allyn Fleming Martinez, 34, Victor Eduardo Terrero, 26, and Hans Antonio Suncar, 34, all of New York City. One man was charged only with unlawful marijuana possession, a violation, while Encarnacion was charged with aggravated unlicensed driving, and the other three men were each charged with felony second-degree drug possession, cops said.
Police don't know for sure why the victim was carrying $20,000 in cash, town police Capt. Paul Lecomte said. City of Poughkeepsie detectives took over the robbery investigation because the alleged robbery occurred in their jurisdiction. They were also looking into the possibility that the alleged robbery was a drug deal gone bad.
Martinez, Suncar and Terrero were sent to Dutchess County Jail on $100,000 cash or $300,000 bond bail. Encarnacion was jailed on $250 bail. The fourth suspect was released.
There was no attorney information on file for the suspects as of Wednesday. Phone messages were left Wednesday afternoon with the City of Pougkeepsie Police Department.