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9W Traffic Stop Becomes Drug Bust

9W Traffic Stop Becomes Drug Bust
Nelson L. Sierra, 36, of West Haverstraw, and Santos E. Alvarado, 37, of West Palm Beach, FLA, were arrested by Orangetown police at 4:26 PM April 25 after the car which Sierra was driving was stopped for a traffic violation on Route 9W in Nyack. 

Investigating, the officer found Sierra in possession of a marijuana cigarette, an open knife and a plastic bag containing 30 glassine envelopes of heroin. The narcotic had an aggregate weight of approximately 9 grams, police said.

Alvarado was in possession of a clear plastic bag of marijuana, police said. he 
was advised that he would be receiving an appearance ticket for possession of marijuana. He then gave the officer a false name and date of birth, police said.

Sierra and Alvarado were taken to police headquarters in Orangeburg.

Sierra was charged with Criminal possession of a Controlled substance 3rd degree (class B Felony) and Unlawful possession of marijuana (violation). He was arraigned by Nyack judge Robert Knoebel and sent to the Rockland County Jail on $20,000 bail.

At HQ, police discovered Alvarado's real identity and that he was wanted on 2 outstanding warrants, one from the Village of Haverstraw for felony assault on a police officer and one from the Town of Ramapo for traffic offenses.

He was charged with Criminal impersonation in the 2nd degree (misdemeanor) and Unlawful possession of marijuana (violation). He was turned over to Detectives from the Rockland County Sheriff’s office and transported to the county Jail based on the felony warrant out of Haverstraw.

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