Utica traffic stop leads to cocaine charge for Oneida man

18-year-old Christopher Kinney of Oneida (Photo courtesy of New York State Police Troop T)

An Oneida man is facing a felony drug charge after a traffic stop in Utica allegedly led to the discovery of cocaine, according to New York State Police.

Posted: Nov 24, 2017 10:01 AM
Updated: Nov 24, 2017 12:07 PM

UTICA – An Oneida man is facing a felony drug charge after a traffic stop in Utica allegedly led to the discovery of cocaine, according to New York State Police.

Around 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, troopers stopped a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Christopher Kinney of Oneida during a DWI sobriety checkpoint at the Utica interchange of the Thruway. Police say they had a probable cause to search Kinney’s vehicle while interviewing him, and he was then found to be in possession of 2 grams of powder cocaine.

Kinney was taken into custody, then transported and processed to state police barracks in Schuyler, where he was charged with felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Everybody else in the car with Kinney was released without charges.

Kinney was arraigned at the Oneida County Jail, and police say there is no bail amount available at this time. He’s scheduled to appear in court at 9:30 a.m. November 30.

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