K-9 Finds 695 Heroin Envelopes Stashed in Dashboard

Three New Yorkers face felony drug charges.

Joshua Levin, Debra Osborne and Charles Hall were arrested on the Thruway Feb. 16, 2014 with more than 695 packets of heroin.
Joshua Levin, Debra Osborne and Charles Hall were arrested on the Thruway Feb. 16, 2014 with more than 695 packets of heroin.
Three people driving through Clarkstown—who police say had heroin hidden in the car—are facing felony drug charges. 

Police said they initially stopped the 1998 Dodge Stratus on the New York State Thruway for vehicle and traffic violations. 

Then a police dog named Marty searched the vehicle and alerted his partner to the heroin secreted in a dashboard panel and the center console, police said. The glassine envelopes were stamped with "5 Star" as the brand. 

The operator, Joshua Levine, age 36, of Margaretville, NY and the occupants, Debra Osborne, age 31, of Margaretville, NY and Charles Hall, age 41, of Saugerties, NY were found to possess more than 695 glassine envelopes of heroin and hypodermic syringes.  

The trio were charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substances in the Third Degree, a class B felony,  and Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, a class A misdemeanor. Levine was additionally charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. 

On Feb. 17 the three subjects were arraigned before the Honorable Johns in the Town of Clarkstown court and were all sent to the Rockland County Jail. Levine was held with no bail, Hall was held on $35,000. cash/bond and Osborne was held on $10,000. cash/bond.

The heroin epidemic has infected the whole region. A 25-year-old Mahopac man died of an overdose in October 2013, after a handful of heroin-related deaths were reported some months earlier. Just last month three Westchester men died of suspected overdoses. The road to recovery is difficult, a 23-year-old recovering addict tells Patch.

Odd Job February 19, 2014 at 09:52 AM
Stephen Arzoomanian February 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Thanks to the PDs that got these drug dealers , hope the judge throws away the key, they sell stuff that kills they should be charged with attempted murder as well as drug trafficing
Sterling February 19, 2014 at 01:38 PM
What could of tipped off the state trooper that something might be amiss in 1998 Dodge Stratus? You three look marvelous!
NoName February 19, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Lives may have been saved by that Trooper and his Canine partner. Way to GO!!!
NoName February 19, 2014 at 01:57 PM
"695 glassines" By the way... They are sold in bundles of 10 glassines and five are already missing. Usually at least $10 per glassine- around $7,000 in NYC, resold in Margaretville and surrounding towns for likely three to 4 times that amount. What are the odds they had already gotten high with 5 bags before departing for upstate NY??? About 100 to 1 would be my guess.
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) February 19, 2014 at 02:08 PM
According to the young man whose compelling story my colleague Ashley Tarr told in http://southeast.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/an-addicts-story_82960e8b glassine envelopes were going for $15 each in Putnam County in 2008.
joshua tanner February 19, 2014 at 02:37 PM
From what I read in Gannett last year, one envelope costs $15. When people buy ten or more the price drops $5 so that 10 bags costs $100 and not $150.
Sterling February 19, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Lanning - you remind me so of Truman Capote. In visage only.
PatchRat February 20, 2014 at 06:21 PM
Good job Marty!!! We need to get ALL of this junk off the streets. While we are proud of the police for any drug bust - especially heroin - we must remember that this new, deadly heroin epidemic is collectively due to the strategic inability of police departments to think two moves ahead of the users and dealers. The police did such a good job getting pain pills and oxycodone off the street that everyone turned to heroin, which is less expensive and more readily available (and more destructive and deadly).
Angel125 February 21, 2014 at 09:04 AM
on Feb 17 they went before the Johns. ha, ha, ha Some things are just funny


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