FAIR LAWN, NJ - An upstate New York woman was arrested twice for heroin possession within five days for the same offense in the same location, according to police.

On Feb. 4, just before midnight, police arrested Katelynn Mercilliott, 23, of Cuddebackville, NY, and the passenger, Christopher Phillips, 25, of Port Jervis, NY, after heroin was located inside the vehicle. Police stopped the two at Harristown Road and Route 208 North.

Mercilliott was released after being charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of hypodermic needles, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to signal a lane change.

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Phillips was released after being charged with possession of hypodermic needles and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Feb. 9, just before 11:30 p.m., police arrested Mercilliott again for the same offense in the same location.

During the second incident, heroin was found in Mercilliott's purse and the passenger was different: Dino Natale, 27, of Glen Spay, NY, who was arrested when an arrest warrant was located out of Passaic County. 

Mercilliott was released after being charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of hypodermic needles and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Natale was handed over to Passaic County Sheriff׳s Department. 

Fair Lawn Police Chief Glen Cauwels stated all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.