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County Cops: More Than Half Kilo of Heroin Seized in New Rochelle

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Westchester County Police seized more than half a kilo of heroin and arrested two New York City men Monday night following a traffic stop on North Avenue in New Rochelle, according to Kieran O’Leary, public information officer of Westchester County Police.

Detectives David Minet and Joseph Berardi were on the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway in an unmarked car about 6:05 p.m. when they observed a 2011 Dodge Charger traveling over the speed limit near Webster Avenue, police said. The car got off the parkway at North Avenue, where the detectives followed and pulled it over near The Ursuline School.

When the detectives approached the car, they observed the passenger using his feet to try to hide a bag under his seat, police reports said.  According to police, the bag contained 1.5 pounds of heroin, which, has a street value of roughly $60,000, but would be worth much more when broken down into small envelopes for individual sale.

Police named the driver as Michael Contreras, 39, of Queens and passenger Octavio Estevez, 30, of the Bronx – both men were charged with first degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The two were arraigned Tuesday in New Rochelle City Court and held without bail at the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla.

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