A 38-year-old man has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison after he was found guilty of possessing heroin when he was stopped by police on Binghamton's West Side.


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Prosecutors say Rasheen Sanders of Binghamton was convicted in Broome County Court in October.

Sanders on Wednesday was sentenced to 12 years in state prison and three years parole. He had been found guilty of two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

Authorities had said Sanders was stopped April 26 by a state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team on Main Street. Police said he was observed tossing heroin from his vehicle.

At the time of his arrest, police said Sanders had been in possession of about 20 grams of heroin. Investigators also seized $744 in cash and the 2012 BMW 528i sedan he was driving.

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