TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga police arrested two local men at an early morning traffic stop after thousands of dollars worth of heroin was discovered in their car April 20.
Police stopped a vehicle being driven by Zack A. Muroff, 25, from Ticonderoga, at 2:05 a.m. Ticonderoga Police Department Investigator Daniel LaFrance was unable to disclose why the vehicle was stopped due to a pending Drug Enforcement Administration investigation.
Located inside the vehicle was a large quantity of heroin packaged into individual packets.
The vehicle passenger, Joshua M. Jaenisch, 30, of Crown Point, was also arrested. Jaenisch had been staying at the Circle Court Motel in town, according to LaFrance.
The estimated street value of the drugs seized was approximately $7,500. LaFrance said he did not know where the heroin originated from.
Both men were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony. Muroff was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Both were arraigned at the Ticonderoga Town Court and remanded to Essex County Jail for lack of bail. Muroff's bail was set at $25,000 cash bail, and Jaenisch's bail was set at $20,000.
"Over the last two years, the cases that the police department has been dealing with have involved an underlying substance abuse problem," Ticonderoga Police Chief Mark Johns said. "We're seeing a disturbing increase in heroin use."
The Warren County Sheriff's Office was contacted and assisted in this investigation with a canine unit because the heroin was concealed in various places throughout the vehicle. LaFrance was unable to disclose where the drugs were hidden due to a pending DEA investigation.
Ticonderoga Police Sgt. Michael LaVallie and Patrolman Mark Belden were the arresting officers.