RAVENA — Two Greene County men were charged with multiple counts of felony drug possession following a traffic stop by police in Ravena, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Thursday night.

Albany County sheriff’s deputies pulled over a vehicle Tuesday about 7 p.m. traveling north on Route 9W for vehicle and traffic violations, Apple said.

During the traffic stop, deputies identified the vehicle’s occupants as Justin T. Benzeno, 30, of Coxsackie, and Ryan W. Benzeno, 34, of Cairo, the sheriff’s office said.

The Albany County Sheriff’s K-9 unit detected the presence of narcotics, Apple said.

A search of the vehicle by deputies uncovered 85 packets of heroin, 40 packages of the controlled substances buprenorphine and naloxone, one Taylor brand digital scale containing cocaine residue, two glass pipes containing crack cocaine residue, a ball of brass colored metal pieces commonly used when smoking crack cocaine, and $856 cash, Apple said.

Buprenorphine is an opioid medication, sometimes called a narcotic, according to the website Drugs.com. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioid medication, including pain relief or feelings of well-being that can lead to opioid abuse.

Justin Benzeno and Ryan Benzeno were each charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, one count of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor, three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, one count of possession of controlled substances not in their original containers, a violation, and several tickets for vehicle and traffic violations, according to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

Justin Benzeno and Ryan Benzeno were sent to the Albany County Correctional Facility pending a future court appearance in the Village of Ravena, Apple said.

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