Police charge GWL couple with plans to sell drugs

DA says one of the suspects worked as a licensed practical nurse at Valley View Nursing Home

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GOSHEN — Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler and Warwick Police Chief Thomas McGovern have announced the arrest of a Greenwood Lake couple of charges of possessing controlled substances, including heroin and prescription narcotics, with intent to sell them.

On April 11, the Town of Warwick Police Department, assisted by the Village of Greenwood Lake Police Department, executed a search warrant at 4 Mary Cane Road, Apartment 3, in Greenwood Lake, the residence of Lisa M. Ferreri.

According to the district attorney's press release, within the residence were Ferreri, 34, and David Santora, 41, who were found to be in possession of 11 wax paper envelopes believed to contain heroin, as well as six alprazolam pills and two oxycodone pills. They were also found to be in possession of three hypodermic syringes and needles, the district attorney reported.

Both defendants were charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Hoovler also said that Ferreri is a licensed practical nurse employed by Valley View Nursing Home, which is owned and operated by Orange County.

“This case again demonstrates that the abuse of street drugs is related to the abuse of prescription narcotics," Hoovler said in the press release. "My office will investigate how the defendants came to be in possession of the narcotics recovered in this case.

"We will hold accountable any health care workers who abuse their positions to gain access to illicit substances," he added.

The cases are being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Lorri Goldberg.

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