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Drug stash found after Northport traffic stop, cops say

John Talavera, 26, of Middle Island, was arraigned

John Talavera, 26, of Middle Island, was arraigned in Northport Village Court on criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, criminally using drug paraphernalia, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, authorities said. Photo Credit: Northport Police

Northport police stopped a Middle Island man over a traffic violation Saturday afternoon but discovered he had a stash of heroin worth $14,500, authorities said Monday.

John Talavera, 26, of James Way, was arraigned in Northport Village Court on first- and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, criminally using drug paraphernalia, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with traffic violations such as disobeying a stop sign, failure to signal and driving an uninspected, uninsured vehicle after the 2:35 p.m. incident on Scudder Avenue in Northport.

Police said that during the stop, which they said was initiated after Talavera violated a traffic law, Officer Gregory Cerar determined that Talavera’s license had been suspended.

Cerar also “observed a powder on the floor by Talavera’s feet and drug packing materials throughout the car,” according to a news release distributed by police.

Those materials, police said, include “730 decks of heroin packaged for sale, another 36 grams of loose heroin in a bag, $2,450 in cash, a hypodermic needle and assorted drug packing supplies,” police said.

Police calculated the street value of each packet at $10, the 730 packets adding up to $7,300. They also said that 36 grams of loose heroin has a street value equal to $7,200.

Talavera was being held at the Suffolk jail on $39,300 bond or $19,650 cash, police said. His attorney could not be reached for comment.

CORRECTION: The amount of money the heroin is worth was incorrect in a previous version of this story.

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