PORT JERVIS – Port Jervis Police Department announces drug arrests stemming from a surveillance operation.
On April 18, 2017, Port Jervis City Police Detectives, in conjunction with members of the Town of Deerpark Police Department, working as part of the Joint Crime Suppression Task Force, conducted a surveillance operation in the vicinity of the Metro North Lot at 100 Pike Street.
Based upon the operation, detectives took into custody two males who had exited the train with a quantity of heroin.
Mitchell Starr, age 33, of Port Jervis, and Vito Galati, age 30, of Milford, PA, were arrested by police and charged with possessing heroin with the intent to sell.
According to detectives, a total of 269 bags of heroin were seized along with an undisclosed amount of United States Currency.
Starr was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, a class B felony, for possessing the narcotic drug heroin with the intent to sell same. He was also charged with the class A misdemeanor of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree.
Galati was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, a class B felony, for possessing the narcotic drug heroin with the intent to sell same, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the fourth degree, a class C felony, for possession one-eighth of an ounce or more of a narcotic drug.
Both Galati and Starr were being held in police lockup pending arraignment in Port Jervis City Court.
Also arrested during the surveillance operation were a 26-year-old female and 21-year-old male both of Port Jervis.
They were charged with loitering in the first degree, a class B misdemeanor. Police allege that they were remaining about in a public place for the purpose of procuring and possessing the narcotic drug heroin. They both posted $50 pre-arraignment bail and were released pending a future court date.