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730 Packets of Heroin off the Streets of Binghamton

A traffic stop in Binghamton leads to a two-day drug investigation and seizure of hundreds of packets of heroin.

Police say Jason Sisson was pulled over on the city's west side about a week ago and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Information from that stop led to other arrests. Jorge Ornes was arrested in the Clinton Street area after police say he had 100 packets of heroin.

Police then say Demetrius Drummond of Endicott and Sharon Ogando of Johnson City were stopped on Clinton Street with 380 packets of heroin.

Police say their investigation then led them to Cleveland Avenue in Binghamton where they arrested Damien Ellison after police say they found 180 packets of heroin.

All told, police say they seized 730 packets of heroin worth $14,600, almost $3,000 in cash and a Cadillac.

"And I think it's important that we send a message to the criminals that your actions will not be tolerated in this city. And I think it's important that we send a message to the residents that we hear your cries for help," said Mayor Rich David.

"Where are the people getting the money. When you become a heroin addict are you stealing, are you breaking into homes, are you breaking into cars. So this is an epidemic and it's not just property, lives are at stake here and it's causing a lot of problems in the community," said Police Chief Joseph Zikuski.

Zikuski says tighter controls on prescription drugs is forcing people to turn to heroin as a cheaper and more available choice. He says he can't stress enough that heroin is highly addictive and deadly.

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