Stamford man arrested on drug and weapons charges

Left: Hector Padilla Jr. Photo courtesy of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

A police search of a home in the village of Stamford turned up heroin, prescription drugs and several guns, leading to the arrest of a local man on multiple drug and weapons charges.

Arrested Wednesday was 44-year-old Hector Padilla Jr. According to a news release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Padilla's arrest comes after a seven-month investigation into local drug activity. During the search of Padilla's home, Delaware County police and state troopers seized 65 bags of heroin, a loaded handgun, a stun gun, prescription drugs and nearly $700 in cash. The Delaware County Sheriff's Office's K-9, "Ozzie," assisted in the search.

Padilla is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Police expect that additional charges relating to the sale of heroin and prescription narcotics will be filed against Padilla. 

The handgun found in Padilla's house was one of several that were reported missing from the estate of a South Kortright resident who died earlier this year, police say. 

Padilla was arraigned in Town of Harpersfield Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $30,000 cash bail, pending further court action. 

Below: Drugs and a handgun seized from Padilla's house. Photos courtesy of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.