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Duo Caught With Heroin, Crack, Cash In LaGrange Stop

Tyrone Harper. Photo Credit: New York State Police
Omari Laviscount Photo Credit: New York State Police

Two men were busted by state police in Dutchess County in possession of heroin, crack cocaine, cash and other drugs during a routine traffic stop on Route 55.

New York State Police troopers on patrol at approximately 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning conducted a traffic stop of a 2006 Nissan in LaGrange, when the driver, Queens resident Omari Laviscount, 28 committed a vehicle and traffic violation.

During the stop, troopers reported that there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, prompting further investigation, which determined that Laviscount and his passenger, Brooklyn resident Tyrone Harper, 32, were in possession of approximately 17 grams of crack-cocaine, 209 grams of heroin, three grams of marijuana and more than $1,800 in cash.

Both men were arrested and charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, felonies. Harper was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Following arraignment in the Town of LaGrange Court, both Laviscount and Harper were remanded to the Dutchess County Jail without bail. Each is due back in court later this month to answer the charges.

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