Troopers: Southeast traffic-stop heroin bust nets two
State police charged two people in a car with heroin possession Friday morning after pulling them over for a traffic stop in the Town of Southeast.
Trooper Robert Lombardi stopped the car driven by Perry Shepard, 23, of Lincolndale, on Friday just after midnight, state police said in a news release.
Shepard was carrying 20 individual decks of heroin, police said.
The passenger in the vehicle, Jessica Cord, 23, of Brewster, also was carrying drugs, state police said. Lombardi found seven decks of heroin as well as marijuana on Cord, police said.
Shepard was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felonies. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted. Cord was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. She faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
Shepard and Cord were issued court appearance tickets and released. They are due Jan. 31 in Southeast Town Court.
Shepard and Cord could not be reached Friday for comment.
The arrest comes after the heroin deaths late last year of four young men at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel. Four people from Somers and Yorktown were arrested in December on heroin-trafficking charges, and earlier this month, a Southeast man was charged with dealing up to $12,000 worth of heroin per week.
It was not yet clear if there was any relation between this incident and the deaths or other recent arrests.