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Two facing drug charges after traffic stop in Utica

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Two individuals are now facing charges after authorities found them in possessions of drugs and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop in the City of Utica.

Around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, a Utica Police Officer conducted a traffic stop in the 1600 block of Miller Street. The office said he recognized the driver - Christopher Luongo, 41, of Utica, as having an open drug warrant. He took the man into custody and during his search found the man to be in possession of a hypodermic needle. The officer also located another needle inside the vehicle.

Police said the passenger of the vehicle - Valerie Bugbee, 28, of Remsen, was found to be in possession of two lavender-colored, round-shaped pills imprinted with "M/Z2," which were later identified to be Zolpidem 10mg, a Schedule IV controlled substance, commonly referred to as Ambien.

Bugbee was also found in possession of three white-colored, round pills imprinted with "54/142," which were later identified to be Methadone HCL 10mg, a Schedule II controlled substance. Police said she was also found to be possess one folded up piece of paper which contained a loose amount of greenish brown vegetation having an odor and appearance consistent with that of marijuana and $4,191 in cash.

Luongo has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Bugbee is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of controlled substance outside of original container, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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