Troopers on Patrol
This week's message takes us to Troop G, and C.
In the early morning of October 15, 2015, Troopers Craig R. Morse and Danielle L. Janczak, SP Brunswick, were working a 2 shift when Trooper Morse observed a vehicle traveling in the town of Brunswick that failed to keep right. He then conducted a vehicle and traffic stop. Through his experience and police training, he immediately detected an odor of marijuana upon initial interview of the male operator. Trooper Morse interviewed the operator of the vehicle while Trooper Janczak interviewed the female passenger. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and resulted in the seizure of numerous pills, cocaine, and marijuana. Cocaine, as well as two clear plastic straws, were located inside the waistline of the male operator. Also seized during the vehicle's search and the search of the suspects, were glassine envelopes containing heroin, numerous Oxycodone pills, Diazepam pills and Dextroamphetamine pills.
The male operator was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th, a D Felony, as well as 3 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. The female passenger was charged with 4 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, as well as Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. Both suspects were arraigned before Brunswick Town Court and remanded to Rensselaer County Jail in lieu of bail/bond.
With just a simple traffic stop, Troopers Morse and Janczak looked beyond the ticket and were able to remove not only illicit drugs, but also prescription drugs, that were in the hands of criminals.
On Thursday, September 24, 2015, at 3:59 PM, Trooper Daniel J. Mauro, SP Owego, was dispatched by Tioga County 911 to a report of a suspicious person having just purchased pseudoephedrine at the Owego Pharmacy in the town of Owego, Tioga County, New York, who subsequently left the pharmacy, giving the pseudoephedrine to an individual sitting in a vehicle that immediately left the parking lot. The caller reported that the suspicious person remained outside the pharmacy.
Trooper Mauro arrived on scene and interviewed a 32-year-old Waverly resident who stated he was waiting for his friend to come back and pick him up. Upon further interview, the suspect admitted to purchasing pseudoephedrine in exchange for methamphetamine, to be provided to him at a later time. During the interview, Trooper Mauro learned that the 32-year-old man was wanted by the Dryden Police Department. Dryden Police confirmed the warrant for the suspect and Trooper Mauro placed the individual under arrest. Trooper Gregory E. Derick, SP Owego, responded to the scene to assist.
Upon further interview, the initial suspect who purchased the pseudoephedrine identified his friend driving the vehicle as it entered the parking lot. Trooper Derick stopped the vehicle and detained the 35-year-old Newfield resident. Trooper Derick interviewed the driver, who admitted to using heroin an hour earlier. Trooper Mauro subsequently administered Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFTS), which the driver failed. Investigator Justin H. Wilt, SP Endwell BCI, responded to the scene to assist. Investigator Wilt brought the first male suspect back to SP Owego for further interview prior to turning him over to Dryden PD.
Trooper Derick searched the second male subject and vehicle, finding several hypodermic needles on the suspect. During a search of the vehicle, a brown wooden box containing a green 1½ inch knife and a plastic baggie with white powder, which tested positive for methamphetamine, and also a multi-colored glass smoking pipe with burnt residue were located under the passenger seat. A white bag from the Owego Pharmacy containing a box of pseudoephedrine was located in the center console. A fanny pack containing needles, cotton swabs, alcohol prep pads and bottle caps, was located in a backpack. A black zip pouch with a digital scale and 10 gram weight was located in a backpack on the rear passenger side floor. All items were secured as evidence.
Trooper Mauro returned to SP Owego with the driver, who was tested and found to have a 0.00% BAC. Trooper Matthew J. Meyers, SP Homer, a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), was contacted and responded to SP Owego for further evaluation. Trooper Meyers examined the vehicle operator and found him to be under the influence of drugs.
The second suspect was arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Material, and Operating a Unregistered Motor Vehicle on the Highway. He was arraigned before the Town of Owego Court and remanded to the Tioga County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.
Troopers Derick and Mauro are commended for their investigative actions and thorough followup. Working from the information of a 911 call, both members were able to prevent one individual from further drug activity and removing another, who was wanted in another jurisdiction.
To all the members involved in these cases, congratulations on jobs well done. To them, and all our Troopers on Patrol, keep up the tradition.