UPD: Traffic stop leads to drug arrests in West Utica

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A traffic stop in West Utica early Saturday evening led to several charges against the car's occupants, including drug charges.

According to the Utica Police Department, an officer pulled over a car around 7:00 p.m. in the area of Schuyler and Noyes Streets.

Police say that the driver of the car, 43-year-old Allen Clarke, was determined to be driving with a suspended driver's license and registration, inadequate taillights, and no vehicle insurance.

Clarke was founded to be in possession of a smoking device with marijuana inside, synthetic marijuana and the controlled substance known as “Diazepam” without a legal prescription, UPD reports.

During the traffic stop, police also discovered a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette burning in one of vehicle’s occupant's pockets.

The marijuana belonged to 21-year-old Christopher Kraszewski, authorities said. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Two back seat passengers, a 18-year-old male and 17-year-old female were released without charges.

Clarke was charged with numerous vehicle and traffic law misdemeanors and criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance outside the original container, unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of synthetic drugs.

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