A Connecticut man is facing a host of charges after being busted in Dutchess County in a Route 55 traffic stop with alleged fraudulent bank checks, crack-cocaine and other drugs.
New York State Police troopers conducted an early morning traffic stop shortly before 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning on Route 55 when a driver violated vehicle and traffic laws in LaGrange.
Police said that while interviewing the driver, Waterbury resident Casey Smith, 25, troopers reported that there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Further investigation into the contents of the vehicle found that Smith was allegedly in possession of 208.8 grams of marijuana, and 10.2 grams of crack-cocaine. Smith was also found to be in possession of alleged fraudulent bank checks.
Smith was arrested and charged with felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of controlled substance and possession of a forged instrument. Smith was also charged with criminal possession of marijuana and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. He was also cited for possession of marijuana.
Following arraignment in LaGrange Justice Court, Smith was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond. Smith is due back in court on June 18 to answer the charges.
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