State Police call Whitehall heroin bust significant

January 08, 2019 06:45 PM

WHITEHALL - When he posed for his mug shot, it was hard to tell where Dayshawn Mitchell was looking, but he could be staring at a long prison sentence.

The 23-year-old Brooklyn man is accused of possessing a large quantity of Fentanyl-laced heroin with intent to sell it.

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He was arrested Monday afternoon near Cumberland Farms in Whitehall with 50 grams on him, which is equal to about 2,000 baggies.

"It's 50 grams of heroin. It's laced with Fentanyl. It's really, it's like the poster child for the problem we're having right now. With the overdoses and the overdose deaths," said New York State Police Senior Investigator Bob Stampfli.

Police say Mitchell rode to Whitehall from Rutland with two Vermont women, Laura Bishop and Victoria Walton. According to investigators, both women were doing cocaine in the car as they waited for Mitchell and are facing drug possession charges.

Stampfli says this is the latest in a series of arrests where dealers are moving their potentially deadly products from New York City to Vermont and then to Washington County.

"It goes to show you also that this is a problem that's everywhere. It's in the cities, but it's also in small town New York. The village of Whitehall, you can't get much more rural and it's a big problem there as well."

Stampfli says state and local police in Vermont and New York are cooperating to crack down on the drugs being trafficked between the two states.


Mark Mulholland

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