Two arrests over the past week-and-a-half have once again highlighted a drug pipeline that starts in New York City and leads to Central New York.
Just over a week ago, two Utica men were pulled over in Ardsley, Westchester County, and they were found to be in possessing of 226 grams of cocaine.
This week, a Utica man was pulled over in South Nyack, Rockland County, and he was arrested after he was found to have more than a pound of marijuana.
Members of the Oneida Madison counties’ Drug Task Force say that the amount of drugs that are being found during these traffic stops indicate that they’re for distribution, not individual use. They say all that’s changed is that law enforcement is becoming more skilled at spotting and arresting the carriers.
“Our drugs aren't produced there, they're not manufactured here other than obviously methamphetamine and stuff like that,” said Sgt. Toby Lindfield, a member of the Drug Task Force.
“So typically, our interstates from the city to Utica, that's how it gets here. It’s being caught a little bit more as police officers are becoming more educated about it.”
Sgt. Linfield says that includes the New York State Thruway, State Route 12, back roads – none are exempt.
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