750 bags of heroin, pot found during Albany traffic stop

Friday, April 26, 2013
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— A traffic stop on the Thruway at Exit 23 late Thursday night resulted in felony drug charges for an Albany resident.

Thruway state police out of the Albany barracks in Troop T stopped a 2001 Chrysler minivan for a loud exhaust and tinted windows around 11:30 p.m. as it was exiting the Thruway.

When troopers approached the van and spoke with the driver, Emmanuel Zapata, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle.

Zapata, 22, of Albany, told troopers that he was coming from New York City, where he had spent more than half the day on Thursday.

A K-9 sweep of the vehicle was positive and while conducting a search of the vehicle, troopers discovered a hidden compartment, also known as a trap, located in the floor of the van beneath the removable center console between the front seats.

A set of wires were found under the dash which led to the compartment and after attaching a power source, the trap was opened.

Inside, troopers discovered 750 decks of heroin and about 22 grams of marijuana.

Zapata was processed at state police in Albany and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree and criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, both Class B felonies, unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation and related vehicle and traffic offenses.

He was taken to the Albany County Jail to be held until his arraignment in the City of Albany Criminal Court this morning.

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