• Local woman faces heroin charge in NY
    By Darren Marcy
    Staff Writer | July 12,2014
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    A Florence woman and a New York man were charged with heroin possession after a traffic stop in Fort Ann, N.Y.

    Police said the heroin was destined for distribution in Rutland.

    New York State Police arrested Emily R. Newton, 20, of Florence and Raydell Antonetti, 28, of Bay Shore, N.Y., after a traffic stop early Tuesday on Route 149.

    Trooper Mark Cepiel said officers stopped Antonetti, who was driving a gray Audi with a Vermont temporary plate on the rear, for failing to dim his headlights and for lacking a front plate.

    Police said Antonetti gave a fake name and date of birth, claiming he didn’t have any ID.

    As one trooper dealt with Antonetti, police said, another officer smelled burned marijuana on Newton and in the car.

    A drug-detection dog with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department arrived and alerted to other drugs in the vehicle, Cepiel said.

    Troopers said they found a “plastic bag containing a large quantity of a substance packaged in such a manner as for distribution.”

    Police said they found about 3.5 ounces of heroin.

    “It’s unusual to have that amount, but lately we’re seeing that more and more,” Cepiel said.

    Newton and Antonetti were arrested and each charged with two felonies: criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to sell.

    During their search of the car, troopers found a New York state benefits card bearing Antonetti’s real name and date of birth, Cepiel said.

    Antonetti was wanted for parole violations in Suffolk County in New York and had prior felony convictions, police said.

    Troopers also charged Antonetti with misdemeanor counts of false personation and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, as well as operating without insurance, equipment violation for having tinted windows and for “dazzling headlights,” the arrest report said.

    Antonetti and Newton were arraigned in the Fort Edward court and held in the Washington County jail.

    Antonetti was held without bail. Newton was held on $75,000 cash bail or $150,000 bond.
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