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Police: 2 Utica men found with 226 grams of cocaine during traffic stop

58-year-old Matthew Cuda and 36-year-old Dennis Rodgers, both of Utica (Photos provided by New York State Police)

Two Utica men are facing charges after they were allegedly found with 226 grams of cocaine during a traffic stop in Westchester County, according to New York State Police.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2018 11:42 AM
Updated: Oct. 15, 2018 12:03 PM

Two Utica men are facing charges after they were allegedly found with 226 grams of cocaine during a traffic stop in Westchester County, according to New York State Police.

Police say around 9:02 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, troopers stopped a vehicle on I-87 in the village of Ardsley, Westchester County, for multiple vehicle and traffic violations. While interviewing the driver, 58-year-old Matthew Cuda of Utica, police say they found probable cause to search the vehicle.

During the search of the vehicle and Cuda’s passenger, 36-year-old Dennis Rodgers, police say they found approximately 226 grams of cocaine and approximately one gram of marijuana.

Cuda and Rodgers were both taken into custody and charged with felony second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Cuda was also charged with misdemeanor second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, as well as vehicle and traffic violations.

Rodgers was also charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest, misdemeanor second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, and the violations of second-degree harassment and unlawful possession of marijuana.

The two men were arraigned in the Village of Ardsley Court and sent to the Westchester County Jail without bail. They’re due back in court Monday afternoon.

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