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White Plains Cops Find Heroin in Pulled Over Car

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - After police saw a White Plains woman turn off of Mamaroneck Avenue and onto Main Street without using a turn signal shortly before midnight Tuesday, officers discovered heroin, two hypodermic needles, fireworks and another woman's license in the 19-year-old's Jeep Cherokee.

Once Stefani Sofos parked her car, officers said they pulled a "Flashing Fountain" firework left in a passenger side door cabinet. When asked if she had more fireworks in her Jeep, Sofos replied "There may be," according to police reports.

Officers then received permission to search Sofos car, where they said they found two pieces of a broken glass pipe coated with residue from a greenish vegetable-like substance, thought to be marijuana.

Police then reached for Sofos' purse and noticed two capped hypodermic needles at the top of the bag.

When asked why she had the needles, police said Sofos told them, "Because I use drugs."

After a little more digging, officers pulled two pieces of folded aluminum foil in her purse. Both contained a brownish-white rock and powder that officers believed to be heroine.

Back at police headquarters, officers found a Michigan driver's license bearing the name of a 22-year-old woman in Sofos' wallet. Sofos told police she took the license, which was not on file in the Michigan database, off of the bar in Black Bear, where she waitresses.

Officers arrested Sofos and charged her with one count of seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, one count of third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a misdemeanor, one count of unlawful possession of marijuana, and one count of unlawfully dealing with fireworks.

Sofos was released on a $250 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 6.

Other news from the police blotter includes:

- Police say a dispute over money and marijuana late Monday night sent a Harding Avenue resident to the hospital, where the 30-year-old man received 17 stitches.

Officers cruising down Robertson Ave. in search of a reported fight learned there was an ambulance at 20 Robertson Ave. shortly before midnight.

The injured 30-year-old man told officers that Vance Haggins, a 28-year-old White Plains resident, hit him above his right eye after an argument over the money or marijuana Haggins owed him turned physical.

The injured man was brought to the White Plains Hospital were the cut above his right eye required 12 stitches.

Back in Battle Hill, Haggins was arrested and charged with one count of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

- Police are still looking for five men that enjoyed meals with $48.99 at Coach Diner and left without paying Sunday morning. The manager told officers he believed the five men left in a white van with a Conn. license plate around 5 a.m.

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