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Port Chester Woman Accused of Hiding 44 Bags of Cocaine in Restaurant Bathroom

Police officer followed woman after she ran from group on Poningo Street.

A Port Chester woman who ran from a police officer as he was checking out a group of people gathered on Poningo Street has been arrested on drug charges, according to Port Chester police.

A village officer followed the woman – and a man who was with her – to a restaurant on Poningo Street and found 44 plastic bags with cocaine hidden in the trash can of the restaurant's bathroom, police said.

Alexandra Moran, 24, of 369 Willett Ave., was charged with third-degree criminal possession of cocaine with intent to sell. A 25-year-old Port Chester man who was with Moran was not charged at the time, however, police said he was later charged with trespassing, a violation, when he tried to see Moran while she was in custody at Port Chester Police Headquarters by going to an off-limits area behind the police station.

Police said Moran's arrest stemmed from a 3:45 p.m. incident on Poningo Street near Bush Street when a village officer stopped to question a group of people gathered there. As the officer approached, a man and woman ran from the group.

The officer followed them to a Poningo Street restaurant, where he found the man and woman inside. The woman — later identified as Moran — went into the bathroom, police said, and a short time later drugs and drug-related items were found in the bathroom trash can.

The items included:

- 44 bags with cocaine

- Plastic bags

- A scale and a weight used for weighing drugs

Moran was taken to Port Chester police headquarters and arraigned in Port Chester Village Court. She was ordered held in the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla pending a hearing.

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