Traffic Stop leads to an A-II Felony Drug Arrest
On the afternoon of September 14th, 2017 the New Hartford Police conducted a routine traffic stop on a 2017 Chevy Equinox bearing a Florida Registration on Hartford Terrace in the Village of New Hartford. The operator of the vehicle, John Linen Jr, 30 years of age, a resident of 6 Hartford Terrace in the Village of New Hartford, was found to be driving on a revoked New York State driver’s license. Mr. Linen Jr. was taken into custody for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation. At the time of the stop, there was a strong odor of burnt marihuana emanating from within the vehicle. To further the investigation of possible drug possession, New Hartford Police requested assistance from the New York State Police K9 Unit. Trooper Buzzard a New York Stated certified K-9 handler with the New York State Police Canine Unit responded to the scene of the stop and conducted a free air search around the Chevy Equinox with his K-9, named C.T. who is trained to detect narcotics and marihuana odors. The K-9, C.T. alerted to the driver side door and the rear driver side quarter panel of the Chevy Equinox. The vehicle was then seized and towed back to the New Hartford Police station. An application for a search warrant was submitted to New Hartford Town Justice Kevin Copeland and a signed search warrant was obtained. With the assistance of the New York State Police K-9 Unit and the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit (SIU) the search warrant was executed and during the search of the vehicle a hidden compartment was discovered. Within the hidden compartment, large quantities of Narcotics were discovered.
As a result of the search conducted within the suspect vehicle the following items were seized, in excess of 7 ounces of cocaine, a quaintly of heroin, marihuana, numerous cell phones, digital scale and US Currency.
John Linen Jr, was charged with:
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd Degree – A II Felony
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree – B Felony
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree – an A Misdemeanor
Unlawfully possession of Marihuana– a violation
Aggravate Unlicensed Operation – 3rd degree, a Misdemeanor
Linen was arraigned on the above charges before New Hartford Town Justice Kevin Copeland, and Linens was remanded to the Oneida County Jail under an order of “No Bail”
The Investigation is continuing and additional charges may be filed.
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