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Port Chester Woman Arrested After Undercover Drug Investigation

Police: Heroin found in Sand Street home.

A Port Chester woman faces a felony drug possession charge after an undercover investigation into drug activity on Sand Street, according to Port Chester police.

Lt. James Ladeairous said 20 envelopes of heroin packaged for sale were discovered when police raided the home of Joann Romanello, 55, of 24 Sand St., at 4:30 p.m. on Monday. She is being held in the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla without bail pending a hearing in Port Chester Village Court on Thursday on a charge of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The arrest stemmed from an investigation launched by Port Chester Police detectives and Westchester County Police in August after complaints of drug sales on Sand Street. Ladeairous said the investigation, which involved confidential informants and controlled drug purchases, led to police obtaining a search warrant for Romanello's home.

Investigators spotted Romanello in the parking lot of the Pathmark store and followed her back to her home. Ladeairous said the heroin was found in the woman's bedroom.

The Sand Street investigation is continuing.

j brown October 02, 2012 at 01:04 AM
hey bart you sound like a good employer what type of business do you run?
Mike Jones February 12, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Agreed! illegal immigration shopuld be primary focus in an attempt to start to clean the town up
Mike Jones February 12, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Margaret raises a great point and yes, im sure they are not all mexican but the point she is making is they are ILLEGAL hispanics and lets be honest thre majority hail from Mexico
Mike Jones February 12, 2013 at 07:04 PM
What percentage are illegal residents Mr. Didden? Do you have any info on that? What actions are be taken as to addressing this problem in Port Chester?
Bart Didden February 12, 2013 at 07:50 PM
@ Mike Jones - what is an illegal resident? We have an aggressive code enforcement program that has shutdown over 250 illegal dwelling units. The job is far from over be we are working at it everyday with a team of dedicated Village employees.

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