Traffic stop yields heroin and a toddler
The arrest of a Long Island man who was stopped by police after failing to signal a turn escalated after members of the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team found heroin — and a toddler — in the vehicle, authorities said Thursday.
On Wednesday evening, Akeem Smith, 32, of Freeport, and Shaelynn A. Every, 21, and Angelo M. Romanelli, 24, both of Kingston, were arrested by URGENT members.
The arrests followed a traffic stop in Kingston during which officers realized Smith, the driver, had numerous suspensions on his driver’s license, police said.
A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded about 20 grams of “loosely packaged” heroin, police said.
Additionally, police said there was an 18-month-old child in the vehicle.
All three adults were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance (two counts) and conspiracy, all felonies, along with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Smith was additionally charged with aggravated unlicensed driving, a misdemeanor, and with failing to signal a turn, an infraction.
Smith, Every and Romanelli were arraigned in Hurley Town Court and sent to the Ulster County Jail pending a court appearance. Smith was jailed without bail and Every and Romanelli were being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.