Somers Troopers Arrest Two in Heroin Ring Bust

Aleksandra Halerz, 23, of Shenorock NY and Joseph Watts 23, of Chappaqua, were arrested for possessing heroin and a hypodermic needle.

A Chappaqua man and a Shenorock woman were arrested for possession of about 32 grams of heroin after they were stopped for a traffic law violation on Tuesday, New York State Police said today. 

Aleksandra Halerz, 23, and Joseph Watts 23, were arrested on Jan. 8 by troopers in the Somers barracks in conjunction with the Westchester County District Attorney Narcotics Initiative.

Halerz and Watts were found to be in possession of a syringe as well as 106 packages, which is approximately 32 grams, of heroin. 

They were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, felonies. 

The two were arraigned before Somers Town Justice Dennis Timone and remanded to the Westchester County Jail. They are due back in Somers Court on Monday, Jan. 14.

The arrests are the latest in a heroin drug bust in northern Westchester and Putnam counties. 

There has been an increase in drug overdoses and several recent deaths have highlighted the problem, police officials said. Three suspected heroin overdoses occurred in Somers last month, resulting in two deaths. 

On Dec. 19, 2012, a four-month investigation into heroin distribution in the northern towns of Westchester County led to raids in Somers and Yorktown, according to state police. Police arrested Peter Muir, 25, Alora Muir, 19, and Cody Vonelm, 19, all from Somers, and Bret Oleet, 25, of Yorktown.  

GC January 09, 2013 at 08:28 PM
I don’t want my children to live in a neighborhood where people possess drugs! We need to pass drug control laws!
RealTimeRufus January 09, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Dude looks like Johnny Depp. Both need to visit the new Peekskill Meth Clinic.
Snowbunnie1216 January 10, 2013 at 02:57 AM
They are both friends of mine and were not selling large quantities but using her own personal use.
Snowbunnie1216 January 10, 2013 at 02:58 AM
And also.. People having drugs wont affect your kids.. If your kids grow up and wan to experiment then they will find their own way to do it..
Scott Petricig January 10, 2013 at 03:28 AM
The chick is kinda cute... what a waste!
jo January 10, 2013 at 12:55 PM
they will be their own undoing.. most drug pushers are users themselves.. what a waste of humanity..but their drug abuse is their Choice .
FJD January 11, 2013 at 02:25 PM
I feel for these kids today. These Roxies are ridiculously additive and lead to heroin because it's cheaper. There has to be more done to stop the flow, it's everywhere.
Cathy January 12, 2013 at 05:28 AM
I'm a mother of two teenagers who lives down the street from Lexi(that's what we call her) she is a sweet girl who is very close to her mom. They walk the dog together all the time. So to you moms out there judging her, pray your kid doesn't end up with this problem. Cause let me tell you, there is that chance it could your kid next. I hope instead of jail for these kids they do time in rehab instead cause that's what they need. I just thank God Lexi wasn't found dead, and this scared her enough about getting serious to quit this killer drug. We luv ya lex....stay strong. And one more thing there was no needle....get the facts straight before reporting them..thanks


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