Police seize two kilos of fentanyl during traffic stop

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HAWTHORNE – A Connecticut man was arrested by Westchester County Police on a felony drug charge and seized more than two kilos of fentanyl during a traffic stop earlier this week.

Orlando Garcia, 42, of Waterbury, Connecticut, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance following a traffic stop Wednesday on the SawMill River Parkway in Mount Pleasant. He was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, a misdemeanor.

The incident began shortly after 5 p.m. when Garcia was stopped for traffic violations as he drove southbound on the Saw Mill near County Police headquarters in Hawthorne.

Garcia was taken into custody when a computer check revealed that his license was suspended and that he had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court to answer a charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs as a misdemeanor.

During subsequent investigation, including the use of narcotics detection K-9 Philly, officers located a sealed cardboard box in the vehicle containing 4.3 pounds of a substance believed to be fentanyl.

Garcia was arraigned in Mount Pleasant Town Court and remanded to the Westchester County Jail.