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Three Found With Marijuana In Southeast Condo Complex, Sheriff Says

A Putnam County deputy sheriff arrested three people on suspicion of marijuana possession in Southeast on Thursday.
A Putnam County deputy sheriff arrested three people on suspicion of marijuana possession in Southeast on Thursday. Photo Credit: Putnam County Sheriff's Department

SOUTHEAST, N.Y. – Three people are each facing a marijuana violation after authorities found them smoking the drug while parked in a car on Village Drive in the Blackberry Village Condominium complex in Southeast, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

The accused, Michael A. Exteves Jr., 28, of the Bronx; Rita Leoni, 22, of 2802 Village Drive, Southeast; and Robert Lurcza, 27, of 1602 Eagles Ridge Road, Southeast, were arrested soon after Deputy Sheriff Kevin Radovich found them in possession of the drug about 8:45 p.m., Thursday, according to a statement from Sheriff's Office.

Radovich had responded to the area to investigate a telephone report from someone claiming to have seen people “doing drugs” in a parked car, authorities said.

Exteves, Leoni and Lurcza all were found seated in the car while smoking the drug, according to the Sheriff's Office, which said that each was found in possession of “quantities of marijuana.”

According to police, each of the accused faces a count of unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

All three were released without bail pending an appearance in Southeast Town Court, authorities said.

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