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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.

JJ September 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Nice job PCPD!
missy September 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Great job PC police!
eddie September 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM
We need people like this off the street
PC Native September 26, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Thank you PCPD, keep up these efforts to weed out the bad elements.
P.C.Resident September 26, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Unbelievable the things some PC residents are doing!! No wonder I've seen this lady lose weight!!... Probably all the walking she used to do to get the substance across!! Thank you informants and PCPD!!
Valerie September 27, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Great Job ... PCPD !! One less idiot to worry about. Keep up the good work .... let's clean up the drug mess and bring PC back to a desirable community in all respects.
Bart Didden September 29, 2012 at 06:14 PM
These characterizations are dangerous as well as wrong. A recent study says that Port Chester is almost 60% Hispanic. Now if this is true and I have no information to dispute it, there are many many more hard working Hispanics that own property, contribute to the community and call Port Chester their home, than the very small handful of trouble makers. I have met many people of all types through my community service and I can easily state that no one is willing to protect or condone the activities of these very few. The vast majority want a better Port Chester and are willing to do their part.
Jay brown September 30, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Bart it is nice to finally read an inteligent comment
Bart Didden October 01, 2012 at 12:41 PM
@ Jay brown, respectfully all of my comments are intelligent, you just don't agree with the message or the delivery. I will be the first to admit that my public service has broaden my view and opinion, but isn't that a good thing? Should we not want our elected officials to learn from the experiences of their office? The one thing that has not changed is that my views stem from my conservative beliefs, the need for people to take personal responsibility for their actions and non-actions. To help those that need help to become self-sufficient and not remain an endless burden on the community. Everyone needs to have skin in the game for the majority of their lives. In closing, the comment you liked, was written incorrectly because looking back at it, you might think that I came to this opinion in the last two years after my public service started. This is not true. I have been an employer here in Port Chester for over 30 years and most of my employees have been minorities, Hispanics, African-Americans, women, you name it. I have had over 1800 employees in PC alone and the vast majority of them were great assets to my company. Many come and many go, but I have a growing core group that makes my company better everyday and I provide them with a growing salary which has improved their quality of life, which I am happy to do. This is what I call leadership and employee development. I just wish our local government worked this way. It doesn't under our current Mayor.
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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