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May 14, 2014

Police: Traffic stop yields $10,000 worth of heroin

PLATTSBURGH — Police say Qaiyum Q. Pretty had almost $10,000 worth of heroin stashed in a bag when authorities searched a car he was riding in Monday night.

The 33-year-old Schuyler Falls man was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony.

State Police pulled the Ford Fusion over at about 7 p.m. on North Catherine Street in the City of Plattsburgh for failing to keep right, said State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman.

A woman was driving the car, but because she is not involved in the crimes, police are not releasing her name, Fleishman said.

Pretty, also known as “Q,” was riding in the front passenger’s seat, she said.

‘INTENT TO SELL’

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol K-9 dog helped find the 490 bindles — or bags — of heroin, Fleishman said.

The State Police Narcotics Unit said the heroin is worth about $9,800, with the bags being sold for between $35 to $40 on the street.

“He had an intent to sell those bindles because of the amount and the way they were packaged,” Fleishman said.

These types of arrests are usually the result of lengthy investigations, she said.

Pretty was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond. He is due back in court today.

The ongoing investigation, Fleishman said, is a joint effort of the Adirondack Drug Task Force, which comprises State Police, the Plattsburgh City Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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