June 13, 2014

Man charged with possession of 230 bags of heroin

PLATTSBURGH — A Reading, Penn., man was charged Wednesday with possession of heroin and crack cocaine.

Raymond Jackson, 37, was arrested on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a felony.

At about 3 p.m., a trooper pulled over a 2007 Infinity sedan traveling north on Interstate 87 in the Town of Plattsburgh for a traffic infraction, said Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman.

While interviewing Jackson, the trooper "had reason to believe the suspect may be transporting illegal narcotics," Fleishman said.


The trooper called the U.S. Border Patrol, whose K-9 did a "free-air sniff" of the car, meaning the dog didn't enter the car and performed the search from the outside by coming close to the vehicle, she said.

Police obtained a search warrant for the car and in the trunk they allegedly found 230 bags of heroin and 21.3 grams of crack cocaine.

Investigators estimate the heroin's street value to be $10,000, Fleishman said.

Jackson had told troopers he was in the area for a Thursday afternoon appearance in Schuyler Falls Town Court for separate charges, Fleishman said.

The court could not be reached Thursday for details.

Jackson was also ticketed for failure to use headlights while his windshield wipers were in use.

He was arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

A passenger in his car, Shakira M. Phillips, 23, of Watervliet, was not charged.

The Adirondack Drug Task Force assisted in the investigation.

— Contributing Writer Cara Chapman added to this report.

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