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Five Arrested in Peekskill Heroin Bust

The arrests were made as part of joint investigation Westchester County Police, the Department of Homeland Security and the Peekskill police department.

Five Peekskill men were arrested Wednesday as part of multi-agency heroin bust in the city, according to officials.

Ruben Contreras, 39;  Elias Dias-Vargas,39; Nestor Figueira, 41; Urias Portilla-Espinoza, 22, and Freddy Garcia, 27; were charged with criminal facilitation, a C Felony. Contreras and Dias-Vargas were also charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, an A 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,” acting Peekskill Police Chief Eric Johansen said. “The safety of our residents, businesses, and visitors is our top priority."

Johansen said he couldn’t comment any further about the case since the investigation is continuing.

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

Danny C February 15, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Good work!
JM February 15, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Where did they live? The landlord should have known better.
Jim Pappas February 15, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Great job PPD Thank You!
Teleman February 16, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Good work, now waterboard them and send them back to their native countries.
The Entertainer February 16, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Keep up the good work Peekskill PD! These Dirtbags need to go back where they came from. No need for the taxpayers in the U.S. to pay for 3 hots and a cott.
Deb Carlin Polhill February 16, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Greatnwork, once again, by Chief Eric Johansen and his department. Keep up the great work fellas! Thanks for your service.
joshua tanner February 16, 2013 at 04:09 PM
According to other reports it was Dept of Homeland Security that notified Peekskill Police of the drug activity - only a week ago. The drugs were worth 1.5 million dollars. This was obvioulsy no small time operation with that kind of money involved. No wonder DHS was on this case - and Peekskill wasn't. I would have to conclude a pretty large drug operation has been going on right under the nose of Peekskill's authorities so I don't feel very congratulatory. The Mayor may say illegal drugs aren't tolerated but the gangs of illegals selling them apparaently are.
Intheknow February 16, 2013 at 04:47 PM
No doubt, that is a lot of dope. Bet you anything, one of these guys got roped into being a mule with the promises of an easier life, citizenship, taking care of his family back home, etc. These guys don't fit the profile of drug dealers or even drug users. HS was on to the lords of the operation and just followed the scent. Most Peekskill drug dealers are PR's or Blacks.
ED HICKEY February 16, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Outstanding work by the PPD, led by "acting" COP, Eric Johansen; the arrests being a result of multi-departmental agencies is also impressive! Considering the state of our economy and the estimated 11 million undocumented (illegal) immigrants, compounded by an exponential growth in latino gangs that deal illegal drugs, this type of criminal activity is going to only become more commonplace unfortunately. Keep up the commendable work Chief and gang!
deerdeer February 16, 2013 at 07:44 PM
I agree it was Homeland Security that facilitated this. This is just the tip of the iceburg in Peekskill. Unfortunately the majority of the PPD does not live in Peekskill so they don't have a vested interest. I personally watched drug deals go down with the police down the street watching said location and missed it. I would feel much better if PPD was more on it.
Teleman February 16, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Imagine, there are forces at work in our political system that want to grant amnesty to these bottom feeding illegal criminals- waterboard them and send them back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
anonimo February 16, 2013 at 09:11 PM
all the time the majority of arrests in Peekskill are Latin people do not see people who traffic drugs in the area of the monument to the dark cabin at night moviendoce in cars with tinted passing in front of the noses of the police long vi Peekskill that worked there but I retire now if they come to show that if they do their job in Peekskill, everyone says good job, pass within one year and again will plow another arrest and my opinion is Latinos and blacks who are most major drug suppliers alli them? not because he is Hispanic but I retired from there for my story why I golepado monument opposite the police arrived and everything is put first to review it and if it was taken but is not so far asked if detubieron and dark band that I was beaten and having many security cameras around there and being able to make it easier to arrest, congratulations for this arrest is doing their job but put more interest in moving elsewhere where more such drugs, thank God Peekskill is changing but the law applied in equal attentamente avoid personal reasons contrary to my family I keep my name in this comment thanks
anonimo February 16, 2013 at 09:16 PM
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Teleman February 17, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Anonimo, you have no command of the English language and the above attempt at communicating was a horrible attack on our dear native language. You need to be waterboarded and sent back too.
Intheknow February 17, 2013 at 08:02 AM
Hello.... the reason homeland security advised the locals was because a package was sent in the mail. It went through customs and the address was staked out. These guys are not drug users or dealers. The reason why they were not all charged with the same crimes is because the package wasn't addressed to all 5 people!! These immigrants cohabitate. Look at all of the pictures of heroin users/dealers. They all have the ever obvious heroin dark circles under their eyes. It is unfortunate that any one of them either knowingly or unknowingly accepted this massive amount of dope. Now they are all going down for the shortsightedness and bad decsions of one.
Intheknow February 17, 2013 at 08:15 AM
@ deerdeer, just because you have witnessed drug deals going down and the cops watched doesn't mean the cops are on it. What you often won't see is the behind the scenes police work that goes into making a case. Sometimes its part of a series of deals that are being documented to acquire enough evidence to make a case stick. Yes, people do get arrested on the spot but sometimes it is a part of the process in making a case. Not to worry, they know what is going down and where. They are on it.
Intheknow February 17, 2013 at 08:16 AM
*doesn't mean that the cops *aren't* on it*
Kirsten Berger February 17, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Is this comment really necessary? What would you be saying if those arrested were white American citizens? Would you recommend waterboarding them as well?
Kirsten Berger February 17, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Teleman, you are a bigot. You should be waterboarded. Give anomino credit for attempting to communicate in English. I would like to see you try to communicate by writing in a foreign language. When learning a foreign language, writing is the hardest skill to master. Reading is the easiest, followed by speaking/verbal understanding and then writing.
Kirsten Berger February 17, 2013 at 04:39 PM
If we see this sort of stuff happening, it should be called into the police department. 10 years, I saw all kinds of suspicious activity in my neighborhood (just a block from the high school) where white people in fancy cars would drop off a friend around the corner from the suspected drug house. THe person, usually a young woman, would go into this house and return 10 minutes later and they would drive off. When I called it in the first time, the PD asked me to continue to call in any plate numbers of suspected buyers, they were monitoring the situation. Months later, the feds came with a K9 (I was returning from the grocery store) and made a huge drug bust. One should never assume that the cops know about it. Always call it in. THe sooner they know, the faster we can get drug dealers out of here.
joshua tanner February 17, 2013 at 05:31 PM
In summer of 2011 I called PPD about kids swimming in the park pool and it was like I made a nuisance call. Kids were in the pool every night and their were video cameras on so it was no secret to police. Police told me kids were "just trying to cool off". Well a year latter a kid died breaking into that pool. The same summer I called police about a lose pit bull on my street. 20 minutes latter nobody had come by yet and a lady walking her dog with a leash had to try and scare off the lose dog that came after hers. Another 10 minutes latter the police finally came - a good half hour after the call. I've seen them let drunk illegals walk home after parking their car. Fact is the police are by no means a crack unit. I think they find ways to avoid trouble tbh.
Mike February 20, 2013 at 02:38 AM
I meant Kirsten And why does it have to be oh if a white person obviously you are an idiot and know nothing!!
Rasheed Oluwa (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Hello Mike, I need you tone down the language a little.
Joe Shmoe February 21, 2013 at 06:22 AM
LOL. So apparently a loose dog is more important then perhaps other incidents that may be going on? I've lived in places where they educate the public on how their emergency services works and it could take a hour or longer for a dog on the loose. And so they said the kids were trying to cool off...but what did they do...I bet they sent a car over. Yawn...but hey by all means why not go right down to the station and tell them how they should run their dept. I'm sure they're open to suggestions.
chucky March 22, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Just another example of why we need to close our borders to these criminal invaders. We go to work everyday and pay taxes so lowlifes like these can sell drugs to our kids with inpunity. We are so dumb!

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