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4 jailed in Chambers heroin bust

December 7th, 2012

Armed with a no-knock search warrant, City of Newburgh Police swept into 77 Chambers St. early Friday morning resulting in the arrest of four suspects and the seizure of a large quantity of heroin, crack cocaine and cash.

Although the investigation centered on the distribution of heroin from a basement apartment, the search warrant also covered the entire three floors above the basement. The main persons of interest were second-floor residents Dwayne Wallace and Rebecca Haschak.

The investigation was led by the City of Newburgh Police Narcotics Unit under case Officer Joseph Burns and included officers from the Detective Division and SWAT Team.

The Narcotics unit recovered 744 packaged envelopes of heroin, 6.5 grams of unpackaged heroin, 6.8 grams of crack cocaine, drug packaging materials and $18,710 in cash.

Wallace, 48, was charged with two B felony counts of 3rd-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; a D felony count of 5th-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; a D felony count of 1st-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and an A misdemeanor count of 7th-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Wallace is on parole for an A felony conviction of 2nd-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was held pending arraignment.

Haschak, 29, was charged with two B felony counts of 3rd-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; a D felony count of 5th-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and an A misdemeanor count of 2nd-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia. She was held pending arraignment.

Raymond Staffon, 23, a resident of the basement apartment, was charged with a B felony count of 3rd-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; a D felony count of 5th-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and an A misdemeanor count of 7th-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was held pending arraignment.

Margaret Arrotta, 44, of the town of Newburgh, was charged with an A misdemeanor count of 7th-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was released on her own recognizance.

By ALLAN GAUL
agaul@tcnewspapers.com

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