Five Arrested In Peekskill Heroin Bust

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Ruben Contreras Photo Credit: Peekskill Police
Elias Dias-Vargas Photo Credit: Peekskill Police
Urias Portilla-Espinoza Photo Credit: Peekskill Police
Nestor Figueira Photo Credit: Peekskill Police
Freddy Garcia Photo Credit: Peekskill Police

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. ‒ Five Peekskill men were arrested Wednesday after Peekskill Police and federal agents allegedly caught them with a large quantity of heroin.

Acting Peekskill Police Chief Eric Johansen said he did not want to confirm the amount of heroin since the investigation is ongoing and more arrests may be made.

“All I can say is that it’s more than 8 ounces and that it’s being analysed in the Westchester County lab,” Johansen said.

Ruben Contreras, 39 and Elias Dias-Vargas, 39, were charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A felony, and second-degree criminal facilitation, a class C felony.

Nestor Figueira, 41, Urias Portilla-Espinoza, 22, and Freddy Garcia, 27, were charged with second-degree criminal facilitation, a class C felony:

"Working in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and the Westchester County Police, we arrested five individuals on various drug charges for the possession of over 8 ounces of heroin,” Johansen said in a statement released Friday afternoon.

Johansen declined to say where the arrests took place or the exact time, only saying that they took place sometime in the afternoon.

Peekskill Mayor Mary F. Foster also released a statement on the arrests:

"Illegal drugs are not tolerated in Peekskill,” Foster said. “Our police department will continue to work proactively to ensure that Peekskill is a safe place to live, work, visit and enjoy."

Check back with The Peekskill Daily Voice for updates on this breaking story.

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