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Man Accused Of Trying To Enter White Plains Shelter With Drugs

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A White Plains man was denied entry to a shelter because employees allegedly saw him buy crack cocaine nearby and try to bring it inside, police said.

Edward Conklin, 53, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

When staff at the shelter denied the suspect entry Saturday morning, he allegedly tried to force his way in, police said. Staff, who allegedly had to physically stop him at the door, told police they saw Conklin buy drugs from an unknown man.

Police said they asked Conklin if he had any drugs on him and he allegedly said, “Yes, I have crack on the ground.” He told police he “wanted to get high before entering the program,” according to the police report.

Police searched him and said they found a used glass see-through crack pipe in his jacket pocket. They said they also found three clear, knotted plastic baggies with an off-white, chunky substance they believed to be cocaine on the ground nearby. They said Conklin told them the items were also his.

Conklin was arrested and held for court.

Later that day, a Bronx man was charged with cocaine possession in connection with a narcotics investigation. Police recovered 18 small ziplock bags, each containing what police believed to be cocaine. The bags weighed a total of 11.67 grams, they said.

Jonathan Morel, 25, was charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies. He was also held for arraignment.

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