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Two more arrests in ongoing Sullivan heroin trafficking investigation

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More arrests in an ongoing heroin trafficking investigation. Two men are now inside the Sullivan County Jail. The Sullivan County Sheriff says the drug has become an epidemic in the area. But as YNN's Elaina Athans tells us, deputies may have arrested one person who is fueling the supply.

MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- “Through the work our intelligence people are doing, he's showing up on a lot of different leads," said Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff.

Two men were arrested on drug possession charges and one is believed to be a major heroin distributor. Anthony Aubain and Linval Pringle were taken into custody Monday. Shortly after being booked, Aubain allegedly told a Sullivan County detective who the heavyweight pushing heroin in the region was.

"By his own admission, he (Aubain) said he was one of the larger dealers in this area," said Schiff.

Deputies seized 34 bags of heroin, cash, and a car that resembles an unmarked police cruiser.

The heroin taken didn't not have a stamp on it, but deputies think it's similar to "Last Dragon," a brand that has proven to be potent and lethal.

“We don’t know if it's coming from the same supplier, if it in fact the exact same product. But appears the same," said Schiff.

This specific type of heroin has been linked to seven overdose cases in Sullivan County alone. Schiff says dealers are becoming reluctant to even put the labeling on their drugs.

"They’re not stamping it with a product name so it cant be traced back to them in case of an overdose," said Schiff.

Charges could be upgraded to manslaughter if officials can make a connection to the overdoses. It's something the District Attorney is working on right now, as heroin uses and sales have been on rise.

"It knows no boundaries. Doctors, lawyers, construction workers. This isn’t like one segment of the community effected by this. This is a broad based epidemic," said Schiff.

Aubain and Pringle are at the Sullivan County Jail and are being held without bail.

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