April 26, 2013 —
As a result of several overdose deaths in Sullivan County last summer, the Sheriff's Gang and Narcotics Intelligence Unit has focused its enforcement efforts on identifying and arresting suspects involved in trafficking heroin.
On Wednesday (4/24/13) the latest suspect to get caught in the Sheriff's net was 37 year old Jonathan Akselrad of Loch Sheldrake. Akselrad, who was the subject of an eight week investigation, is alleged to have sold heroin on two occasions to an undercover deputy sheriff in the Town of Thompson.
On Wednesday he was arrested as he exited a Clinton Street residence in Monticello where he had been under surveillance by sheriff's deputies and the village police. Deputies searched Akselrad's apartment at 1181 State Route 52 in Loch Sheldrake and recovered 150 bags of heroin with a street value of approximately $3,000.
The Sheriff's Gang and Narcotics Intelligence Unit believes Akselrad was a supplier of heroin in Liberty, Monticello and the Fallsburg area. Sheriff Mike Schiff says the abuse of heroin continues to be responsible for the majority of the burglaries and other crime in Sullivan County.
"As we investigate and arrest the burglars, the people fencing stolen property and the drug dealers, it is appartent that they are all interconnected", said the Sheriff. Akselrad was charged with Felony Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Town of Thompson, Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Village of Monticello and Felony Possession of a Narcotic with the Intent to Sell in the Town of Fallsburg.
The suspect was arraigned before Town of Thompson Judge Perry Meltzer who set bail at $100,000 for each of the three justice courts that Akselrad must appear in. Deputies took Akselrad to the Sullivan County jail to await his future court appearances.