A loaded handgun and a quantity of crack cocaine were found during a traffic stop in Utica very early Tuesday morning, according to law enforcement officials.
Police said the vehicle was pulled over at Noyes and Schuyler streets at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, as part of the department’s proactive gun-enforcement initiative. Police said the driver, 31-year-old Corey Woodson, of Utica, was found with a quantity of crack cocaine in his pocket.
Prior to searching the passenger, 35-year-old Rasheem Street, also of Utica, police said they asked him if he had any contraband or weapons on his person, and Street admitted to having a concealed, loaded handgun. Police said they seized the 9mm firearm.
Street is charged with one count each of second-degree possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of marijuana, police stated. Woodson is, so far, charged with several vehicle and traffic violations, police said. The crack cocaine has been sent to a laboratory for positive analysis, and drug charges will be levied against Woodson at that time, authorities stated.
Both men are scheduled to appear in City Court.