A routine traffic stop Tuesday in Cortlandville yielded two arrests and 4 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of about $158,000.
Kyle M. Leeper, 35, homeless, and Arlene N. Rodriquez, 35, of Carob Way, Montebellow, California, were in the Cortland County Jail without bail pending an appearance today in Cortlandville Town Court.
Cortland County sheriff’s officers pulled them over at 8:19 a.m. Tuesday in the Big Lots parking lot on Route 281 for having an unregistered vehicle. During the stop, officers said they found 4 pounds of methamphetamine, a handgun, about 15 grams of marijuana and an undisclosed amount of money.
“This was a routine traffic stop conducted by our road patrol division that led to an investigation,” Sgt. Chad Burhans of the Sheriff’s Office said this morning.
Leeper was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree conspiracy, felonies; fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, misdemeanors; unlawful possession of marijuana, unregistered motor vehicle, unlicensed operator, visibility distorted by broken glass, violations.
Rodriquez was charged with seconddegree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree conspiracy, felonies; fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible. The arrest was the largest handled by the county sheriff’s office since a 2012 cocaine bust, Burhans said.
Under New York State Penal Law, possession of more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine would constitute second-degree criminal possession.