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Discovery of Heroin in Car on NYS Thruway Leads to 2-Year Prison Sentence

Albany man found with 650 packets of Heroin in South Nyack.

An Albany man has been sentenced in Rockland County Court in New City to 2 years in state prison on a drug possession charge stemming from an incident on the New York State Thruway in South Nyack in 2011.

Derek Kennedy, 29, of Catherine Street, Albany, was also sentenced by County Court Judge William K. Nelson to 1½ years of post-release supervision when he gets out of prison. Kennedy pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe said that on Feb. 19, 2011, at about 12:40 a.m., a vehicle occupied by the Kennedy was pulled over by State Police on the Thruway in the Village of South Nyack. A search of the car found marijuana and 650 individual packets of heroin. 

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