By Emily Ammann
Northport police have made two heroin-related arrests this month, combining to take a total of $15,500-worth of the drug off the street, according to police.
The first arrest was made on Aug. 10 when police executed a search warrant at around 6 a.m. on the East Northport home of Michael Larosa, 36.
Police said that they had been watching Larosa and found he had been selling heroin out his Meadow Haven Lane home. Both Northport police and Suffolk District Attorney’s office investigators saw at the home a number of drug transactions involving Larosa over the course of several months, according to police. Investigators also made purchases themselves during that time, police said.
During the search warrant, police said, they confiscated 10 grams of packaged heroin, estimated to be worth about $1,000, along with $500 in cash, an imitation pistol, scales and other drug packaging materials and sale records.
Larosa faces seven drug-related charges, including a top charge of two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, which are b-felonies, according to court records. He was arraigned in First District Court in Central Islip, and posted $15,000 bail.
In another incident, Northport police found 26-year-old John Talavera to be in possession of $14,500-worth of heroin when he was pulled over for a traffic violation on Scudder Avenue in Northport at around 2:35 p.m. on Aug. 20, according to police.
After making the stop, Northport Police Officer Gregory Cerar found that Talavera’s license was also suspended, according to police. Cerar also saw both powder on the floor by Talavera’s feet and drug packaging materials “throughout the car.”
Along with 730 decks of heroin packaged for sale and 36 grams of loose heroin in a bag, Cerar found $2,450 in cash, a hypodermic needle and assorted drug packaging supplies, according to police.
Talavera, of Middle Island, faces 10 total charges, including first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, an A1-felony, according to police.
He was arraigned in Northport Village Justice Court and bail was set at $19,650 cash or $39,300. He was being held at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead as of Monday.