Cops Find Heroin During Surveillance in Peekskill Parking Lot

A 54-year-old Peekskill resident is facing felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with a heroin discovery that occurred in a local parking lot, according to authorities. 

Officers Matt Basso and Fabian Gonzalez of the Peekskill Police Department were conducting surveillance Friday evening at the A&P Shopping Plaza parking lot on Welcher Avenue, a location "known to be used frequently for drug transactions," officials said. They noticed a man, later identified as Ronald Horne, "acting suspicious" in his car.

"When officers approached Mr. Horne they observed him trying to conceal heroin inside of a small, handheld vacuum cleaner that was inside his vehicle," police said in a statement. "Officers recovered 49 glassine envelopes of heroin in total from Mr. Horne and his vehicle."

Cops charged Horne with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. He was sent to Westchester County Jail pending a future court appearance.

Editor's note: An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
michael January 31, 2014 at 06:57 AM
So these three deadbeats come up from white plains and think it will be easier to steal merchandise in northern Westchester...NOT!! Go to jail and rot.
Mike January 31, 2014 at 07:02 AM
hey, any chance you posted this on the wrong article 'michael' from 1/31 @ 6:57am ?
PatchRat February 02, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Sadly, the author of this post missed the REAL story of the week regarding Heroin. THREE Westchester teens died this week from Heroin overdoses. Those overdoses appear to be traceable to a bad batch of Heroin that was being sold out of the Peekskill area. This bust was clearly a reaction to these deaths. Perhaps The Patch would do an expose on the snowballing Heroin addiction problem amongst Westchester teens. The teens involved in this addiction are not just your cliché down and out inner-city kids, they are also good kids from good homes who just went too far with their experimentation with drugs. Many of these kids were using pain pills until the authorities successfully ramped up their campaign to stop that activity. Heroin is dirt cheap and readily available in Westchester. How many more kids have to die? Parents need to educate their kids and increase their awareness. Schools need to ramp up programs targeting Heroin to educate kids and to create a pathway for help for anyone who is already experimenting or addicted. Police need to be proactive in a campaign to rid our area of Heroin.


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