GLENS FALLS — Two men from Connecticut were jailed Monday night after police seized nearly 300 bags of heroin from their vehicle after a traffic stop on Broad Street, authorities said.
Police said the men were headed to an unspecified location in Glens Falls to “distribute” the drugs.
The men were pulled over just before 8 p.m. for unspecified traffic violations, and they gave “conflicting” stories that led to police searching the driver and finding he had the prescription opioid painkiller oxycodone without a prescription, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
A Sheriff’s Office police dog was summoned to the scene, and a search led to the seizure of the heroin as well as 1.2 grams of cocaine, police said.
Charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance was David A. Gardner, 30, of Enfield, Connecticut, police said.
The other occupant of the vehicle, Thomas C. Gracewski Jr., 38, of East Windsor, Connecticut, was charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Warren County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Stockdale said Glens Falls Police had gotten information about the possible arrival of a drug shipment and police around the region were watching for their vehicle. When the suspects’ vehicle was spotted, officers noticed traffic violations that led to a stop, he said.
“The drugs were headed to this area for distribution,” Stockdale said. “The case remains under investigation.”
Police said they have not seen any significant ties to central Connecticut in the region’s drug trade before.
Both men were being held in Warren County Jail pending arraignment Tuesday. Sheriff’s Patrol Officer Peyton Ogden made the arrest, assisted by his canine partner Easy and members of the Glens Falls Police Department.