GROTON, N.Y. — Two Syracuse men are facing charges after police say they found heroin in a vehicle during a Groton traffic stop.

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A vehicle was pulled over after committing traffic infraction around 4:20 p.m. Sunday on East Cortland Street, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Heroin was found in the vehicle.

Raed M. Shehadeh, 35, is charged with a misdemeanor for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. David Evangelista, 35, is charged with a misdemeanor for false personation.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Village of Groton Police Department and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.

The incident is still being investigated, police said.

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Jolene Almendarez

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