Up to $80K in heroin seized, two arrested

By Dave Greber

February 21, 2014 Updated Feb 21, 2014 at 1:31 AM EDT

Binghamton, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) A two-month investigation led to the arrest of two men and up to $80,000 in heroin off the streets in the city of Binghamton.

New York State Police and the Vestal Police Department have been looking into local heroin sales since the beginning of the year, according to a news release.

Authorities arrested Rashid Imhotep, 37, of Elm Street, and Nathaniel Williams, 44, of Tutor Street.

State police said they found three and a half ounces of pure heroin at 14 Tudor St., as well as more than 800 individual glassine envelopes containing heroin ready for sale. State police said the heroin has a street value of between $50,000 and $80,000.

Also confiscated were packaging materials, grinders, scales and other items that are used to sell the drug, according to the release.

Investigators also searched the Epic Couture Clothing and Cellular Phone Store at 52 Glenwood Ave., where they seized a small amount of marijuana and business records. Imhotep is the owner of the Epic Couture Clothing and Cellular store, the release said.

Imhotep and Williams are each charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of using drug paraphernalia.

Imhotep is also charged with resisting arrest after troopers said he jumped out of the window when they arrived, and then struggled during his arrest.

The men were arraigned in City of Binghamton Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.

Additional charges are pending.