Traffic stop leads to more than $20K in heroin

By Jillian Marshall

Traffic stop leads to more than $20K in heroin

April 10, 2013 Updated Apr 11, 2013 at 9:58 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs, cash and a gun land a Vestal man in jail Wednesday.

The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force arrested Rhamel Matthews, 30, of Vestal, Wednesday after executing a search warrant during a traffic stop in the city of Binghamton. They later searched Matthews' home.

Task Force members say they found more than 100 grams of bulk heroin, more than 1,100 wax envelopes of heroin ready for selling, marijuana plants, baggies, a Colt pistol and more than $4,000 in cash. Authorities say the street value of the heroin exceeds $21,000.

Matthews is being held at the Binghamton Police Department awaiting arraignment in City of Binghamton Court.


- Criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd degree, 2 counts
- Criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd degree, 2 counts
- Criminally using drug paraphernalia, 2nd degree, 3 counts
- Unlawfully growing cannabis