Troopers arrest two California men for heroin possession


State Police in Middletown announce the arrest of two California men for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree.

On April 16, 2014 at approximately 1:31 p.m., Troopers stopped a 2009 Kenworth tractor-trailer on Interstate 84 Eastbound at Exit 3 in New Hampton.  A State Police drug-detecting K-9 alerted on the cab of the truck.  As a result, 12 kilograms (26.4 pounds) of heroin were found inside the cab of the tractor.

The operator, ENRIQUE BECERRA-MENDOZA, age 38, and passenger JOAQUIN HERNANDEZ, age 35, both of Fresno, California, were taken into custody and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree.

Mendoza and Hernandez were arraigned in Town of Wawayanda court.  They were committed to Orange County Jail without bail.

The State Police were assisted in the investigation by the Orange County District Attorney’s Offiice.

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