A man was arrested in the Town of Avoca and now faces felony drug charges, according to local sources. The New York State Police confirmed that a Sept. 26 traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a 26-year-old man, who was placed in custody at a county jail. It is unclear whether he has retained criminal defense counsel at this time, and no court date has been announced.
The record of the arrest is not complete at this time, but it has been confirmed that the accused was pulled over by police at some point on Sept. 26. The reason for the stop was not listed in the report, but troopers say the man attempted to stop police from searching his car. The search persisted and police say they found what they believe to be crack cocaine in the car.
Apparently the amount of the alleged drug was enough to cause suspicion of trafficking, so the man was subsequently arrested. He now stands charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony charge. He is also charged with tampering with physical evidence. He is being held against $25,000 bail.
When the trial date is announced, the man's criminal defense team will be prepared after reviewing evidence brought forth by the prosecution. The burden of proof lies with New York prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the substance was indeed drugs, and that the man intended to sell it. His criminal defense representation will build his defense based on their review of the evidence and with a view toward achieving the most favorable result for the accused.