Four arrested on drug charges following traffic stop in Utica

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Four people are now facing charges after police say crack-cocaine and a crack pipe were found in their car following a traffic stop.

On February 1, 2011 around 6:50 p.m., Utica Police Officers Brian Bansner and David Singe were on patrol on Oneida Street when they observed a vehicle in violation of a traffic offense.

The officers conducted a traffic stop and while speaking with the driver, noticed a glass pipe commonly used to smoke crack cocaine inside the vehicle.

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver had a suspended license and that the pipe had crack cocaine inside of it.

The occupants of the vehicle - Ashley Baslow, 24, of Rome; James Nester, 23, of Blossvale; and Amy Berg, 22, of Blossvale were all arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The driver, Stephen Benoit, 28, of Rome, was also charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle and vehicle and traffic violations.

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