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Bronx man, teen charged following heroin bust in Cooperstown

By WKTV News

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - A man and a 15 year old male from the Bronx were arrested on Friday, May 29, 2011 after authorities say they possessed 77 packets of heroin valued at $1,540 that was discovered during a narcotics investigation in the Village of Cooperstown.

The Otsego County Sheriff's Office says they developed information that heroin was possibly in an Elm Street apartment and subsequently located the heroin, a half gram of marijuana and $2,790 in U.S. currency in the apartment. Sheriff's Deputy Stanley Cade and K-9 Marty located the heroin and cash hidden inside the apartment.

Arrested following the search were Irving J. Gonzalez, 20, and a 15 year old male, both of the Bronx.

Authorities said that during the investigation, the 15 year old originally gave a false name and date of birth to investigators and it was later learned that he had escaped from a New York State Office of Children and Family Services downstate facility and was wanted. He was taken into custody on the warrant and later turned over to the Otsego County Family Services. The youth was issued an appearance ticket for juvenile delinquency returnable to Otsego County Probation Department on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 10 a.m.

If he were 16 years old, he would have been charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and false presentation, the Otsego County Sheriff's Office stated.

Gonzalez was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child.

He was arraigned by an Otsego Town Judge and sent to the Otsego County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail. If convicted, Gonzalez could face up to nine year in prison.

The Cooperstown Police assisted with the investigation.

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