MONTICELLO – A Liberty woman is in the Sullivan County Jail following her arrest on Sunday afternoon.
A Sullivan County deputy sheriff stopped a vehicle on Route 17B in Mongaup Valley at 4:20 p.m. for a traffic violation. A passenger, Nicole Carlaftes, 19, gave police a false name, but was recognized as a former student from Liberty by a school resource officer who stopped to assist.
It was learned she provided a false name because she had an outstanding warrant for prostitution in the Town of Newburgh.
At the time of her arrest, she had 96 decks of heroin on her. Sheriff Michael Schiff said it was determined she had traveled to Patterson, New Jersey that day and bought two bricks of heroin. Schiff said that given the recent seizures along Route 17B in Sullivan County, the points of distribution for heroin appear to be moving west from Monticello.
Carlaftes was charged with the felonies of criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and criminal possession of drugs. She is held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
The driver of the car was issued a traffic citation and released.