Hudson Valley couple arrested on drug and weapons charges following traffic stop

Yesterday at approximately 2:45 p.m., state police observed a black 2009 Honda Accord traveling west on Interstate 84 in the town of Montgomery in violation of “numerous New York State Vehicle and Traffic Laws,” according to police.

Police pulled the vehicle over. While interviewing the operator of the vehicle, Anthony C. Smieszek, 30, of Wallkill, the trooper observed him attempting to hide an unknown object. Smieszek was asked to exit the vehicle along with passenger Kristina Keener, 30, also of Wallkill. While interviewing Smieszek, it was learned that the object he was attempting to hide was a vaporizer containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) oil vape cartridge.

Police said a search of the vehicle yielded multiple hypodermic needles containing heroin residue, a black plastic bag hidden under the rear passenger containing over $5,000 in U.S. currency, plastic bags containing THC and marijuana products in the trunk and a black Sar Arms semi-automatic pistol with two large capacity ammunition magazines hidden in the spare tire compartment underneath the spare tire.

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Smieszek and Keener were charged with:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree (felony)
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree-Ammo clip (felony)
  • Criminal Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree (felony)
  • Possession of a Hypodermic Needle (misdemeanor)
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree (Misdemeanor)

They were both remanded to Orange County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash/ $75,000 bond with a return date to the Town of Montgomery Court on Monday September 23, 2019 at 1 p.m.

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