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Pure heroin in Woodridge

Jeffrey Hershewsky
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By Fritz Mayer
April 2, 2014

WOODRIDGE, NY — Jeffrey Hershewsky, 30, of Woodridge, and 20-year-old Alison Killian of Liberty have been arrested in connection with the sale of uncut heroin.

On March 30, police served a warrant at 53 Maple Ave. in Woodridge, where Hershewsky resides, and found one of the pair in the process of injecting the drug. They also found several dozen syringes littering the place.

According to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, police seized many prescription drug pills and also what they believe to be four grams of pure uncut heroin. “That’s not something that you see everyday,” said Sheriff Mike Schiff. “Typically the heroin is cut, or ‘stepped on’ as they say on the street, packaged somewhere in the metropolitan area and then brought to Sullivan County for sale.”

The sheriff says the presence of uncut heroin highlights how abundant the drug has now become and how serious the epidemic is.

The house came to the attention of police officials because of the high volume of traffic coming and going. The suspects were charged with possession with intent to sell and related charges.

Police believe that Killian transported the heroin from New York City and Hershewsky sold it from the house. Joseph Lingen, 28, of Fallsburg, was also arrested during the search and police believe he had come to make a purchase.

Based on the amount of traffic at the residence, officials believe the couple may have been moving as much as $10,000 per week in pills and heroin.

Jeffrey’s mother, Edna Hershewsky, was at the residence during the raid, but she was not charged at the time.

Hershewsky was sent to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. Killian posted a $5,000 personal-recognizance bond, and Lingen was released on an appearance ticket.