Police seize as much as $100K in heroin

By Haley Burton
By Conor Mooney

March 11, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) A Binghamton man is charged after a three-month investigation into heroin sales in the Broome County area.

The New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) and Vestal Police Department arrested Barron C. Jones, 34, of West End Avenue, in Binghamton.

Jones is charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance third degree (B Felonies), criminal possession of a weapon third degree (D Felony), tampering with physical evidence (E Felony) and unlawful possession of marijuana (Violation).

He was arrested March 7 when State and Vestal police executed a search warrant on him and his vehicle in the CVS parking lot on Main Street in Johnson City, as well as his home at 111 West End Ave., in Binghamton.

During the search warrant, approximately three and one-half ounces of heroin was seized. Most of the heroin was in loose form, waiting to be packaged, while 127 packets ready for sale were also recovered.

Also located during the search was a Ruger .22 caliber assault rifle, drug paraphernalia including scales, cutting agents, packaging materials, approximately one-half ounce of marijuana and $1,100.

Depending on how the bulk heroin was cut and packaged, the estimated street-value of the seized heroin was between $50,000 and $100,000, according to police.

The investigation spanned three months and focused on heroin sales in the Broome County area.

Jones was remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail. Police say further charges are pending.