WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A Bronx man was arraigned on felony drug charges Friday after Westchester County Police discovered $180,000 worth of prescription medication in a hidden compartment in his car, according to Kieran O’Leary, public information officer of Westchester County Police.
Dionny Duran, 51, of Franklin Avenue was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, a felony. He was arraigned in New Rochelle City Court on Friday and was ordered held without bail at the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla.
The incident began about 8 p.m. Thursday when Westchester County Police Officer Christian Gutierrez stopped an Acura MDX for a traffic violation on the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway near Webster Avenue in New Rochelle, O'Leary said.
While speaking with the driver, he observed that alterations had been made to the vehicle’s floorboards, which is often an indication that a “trap” or hidden compartment has been installed.
Gutierrez's narcotics detection canine partner Jax, indicated the presence of narcotics in the area where Gutierrez had observed the alterations, O'Leary said.
The driver was taken into custody and the vehicle impounded. A search back at county police headquarters in Hawthorne located the hidden compartment, which contained 4,500 Oxycodone and Percocet pills.
“There is a direct connection between the current heroin epidemic and the abuse of prescription opioid pain killers such as Oxycodone and Percocet,” Westchester County Police Commissioner George Longworth said. “This is an outstanding arrest that has removed a significant quantity of illegal narcotics from our streets.”
It was the second significant arrest made by Gutierrez and Jax on the Hutch in the past week. Last Friday, the officer and his canine partner arrested a career criminal from Texas who was found in possession of a stolen handgun and 13 ounces of marijuana. The suspect was also wanted for burglary in New Jersey.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.