Man planned to sell heroin and cocaine from Delaware County motel room, police say

Above: Heroin, cocaine, cash and marijuana seized from a hotel room in Davenport on Tuesday, July 5. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

A 21-year-old man from the Bronx was arrested with heroin and cocaine packaged for sale in a motel room on Route 23 in the Delaware County town of Davenport on Tuesday, July 5, police say.

Left: Twenty-one-year-old Peter Balde of the Bronx. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Peter Balde of New York City was arrested on Tuesday morning and charged with possessing narcotic drugs with intent to sell out of a room at the Rock Inn Motel, which is located just outside the city of Oneonta, according to a Delaware County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Ozzie, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office’s prized drug-sniffing dog, searched the hotel room and found 65 bags of heroin, 17 individual crack cocaine wraps, about two grams of powdered cocaine, a small amount of marijuana and over $1,000 cash, police say.

Balde was charged with two counts of felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and the unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, police say.

He was arraigned before Judge Lamport in the Town of Stamford Court and was sent to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on $150,000 cash bail, according to the press release.

The sting was the result of a joint investigation by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the Oneonta City Police Department and the New York State Police, according to the statement issued by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

Drug dealers in the Catskills are “more frequently staying in one community and distributing their drugs in another community to avoid detection and prosecution,” said Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond in a statement.