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      Man arrested following 2 month investigation into heroin sales in Utica

      Ruvejd Smajlovic

      A Utica man was arrested for trafficking heroin in the city and surrounding area.

      Members of the State Police Gun Investigation Unit and the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested 20-year-old Ruvejd Smajlovic following a two month investigation.

      Officers stopped a vehicle Smajlovic was a passenger in at about 12:35 pm on Genesee Street in Utica.

      Troopers say Smajlovic tried to throw a quantity of heroin and run, but officers were able to detain him. They executed a search warrant during the detainment, and found marijuana, in addition to the heroin he tried to get rid of.

      Smajlovic was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

      He was arraigned and is being held in the Oneida County Jail on $10,000 bail. The investigation is ongoing, and troopers say more charges are pending.