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Peekskill Police Reports: Drug Arrest

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- A city man faces felony drug charges after police said he was found with several bags of heroin in his vehicle.

Michael Mizell, 54, of Peekskill was arrested on March 30 at 6:35 p.m. and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, on Welcher Avenue by officers Carl DeMarco and Matt Basso.

Mizell was pulled over for a traffic violation and officers said they saw he had a dagger-type knife within his reach. Officers had Mizell step out of the vehicle and, in doing so, police said he dropped a bundle containing 10 bags of heroin on the ground. Mizell was taken into custody without incident.

Further investigation, with the help of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety K-9 officer, resulted in the seizure of 120 additional bags of heroin, which police said had been hidden in two different locations within the vehicle. Mizell was held for arraignment in city court without bail.

Also in the police blotter:

Jason Graham, 35, of Peekskill was arrested on March 31 at 5 p.m. and charged with third-degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, in the Dunbar Heights housing complex by officers Carl DeMarco and Ed Lemp. Police said Graham was seen on the property of Dunbar Heights after being banned from all Peekskill Housing Authority properties and was subsequently taken into custody without incident. He was released on his own recognizance and is due to appear in city court on April 12.

Jovani Vittorio, 24, of Queensbury, N.Y. was arrested on April 1 at 2:50 p.m. and charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, on the 1600 block of Main Street by Police Sgt. Sam Kenan. Police said Vittorio was stopped after driving the wrong way down a one way street and found to be operating while under the influence of alcohol, with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent. Vittorio was released on his own recognizance and is due to appear in city court on April 26

Maria Santiago, 27, of Peekskill was arrested on April 2 at 7:15 p.m. and charged with second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor, on Maplewood Avenue by Police Officer Jack Galusha. Santiago found at the residence of an individual who has an active stay-away order of protection against her, police said. She was taken into custody and held for arraignment in city court without bail.

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