On August 2, 2013 around 7 p.m., State Police from the Troop T K9 Unit stopped a vehicle for making an unsafe lane change as it exited the Thruway at Exit 23 in Albany, NY.
During the Trooper’s investigation, the front seat passenger, Peter A. Longobardi, age 26, from Poughkeepsie, NY, was found in possession of approximately 21 grams of heroin and 5 Suboxone films*.
A female passenger identified as Paulette Battle, age 34, also from Poughkeepsie was found in possession of approximately 1 gram of powder cocaine, 3 grams of crack cocaine, .5 grams of heroin and 2 hypodermic needles.
The driver of the vehicle, a 21 year old man from Albany, NY, was charged with a Vehicle and Traffic Law violation and released.
Longobardi was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rddegree, a Class B Felony, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5thdegree, a Class D Felony.
Battle was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd, 5th, 7th, and Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Instrument. CPCS 7th and Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Instrument are both Class A Misdemeanors.
Both subjects were arraigned in the City of Albany court and remanded to the Albany County Jail. Longobardo was remanded on $25,000 bail and Battle was remanded on $15,000 bail.
*Suboxone, (pronounced: su-BOX-own) is a drug usually prescribed to people addicted to opiates, however often times is sold on the street and abused. Suboxone “films” refers to the method of delivery in which the drug is concentrated on a small film and placed under the tongue, known as sublingual administration. If someone is found in possession of Suboxone without a valid prescription, they can be arrested and charged with a felony.