Local pair charged in heroin bust after thruway stop


By Joe Moskowitz
A man and a woman from Margaretville and a man from Saugerties are being held in a downstate jail, and if convicted, they could be behind bars for years.
State police say that when they stopped a car driven being by Joshua Levine, 36, of Margaretville on Sunday, they found 695 grams of heroin packaged in glassine bags. The bags were marked “5-Star.”
Police say the car was pulled over on the New York State Thruway in the Town of Clarkstown because of alleged motor vehicle violations. A K-9 unit was called in and a drug-sniffing dog allegedly found the heroin hidden behind a dash board panel and in the center console.
Also facing charges are Debra Osborne, 31, of Margaretville and Charles Hall, 41, of Saugerties. All three have been accused of possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and possession of a hypodermic instrument, a class A misdemeanor. Levine also faces a charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs.
Following arraignment in Town of Clarkstown Justice Court, they were sent to the Rockland County Jail. Levine is being held without bail. Osborne is being held on $15,000 cash bond, and Hall on $35,000 cash bond.