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Cops: Cocaine seized following Austerlitz traffic stop

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    Contributed photo Cocaine police say was seized during a traffic stop in Austerlitz on Saturday.
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    Contributed photo Jessica J. Fitzgerald, 26
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    Contributed photo Lindsey D. Cobbs, 25
April 25, 2018 11:43 am Updated: April 25, 2018 11:48 am

 

AUSTERLITZ — A man and woman from Massachusetts are facing drug and other charges after a traffic stop on Route 203, according to police.

The driver, Jessica J. Fitzgerald, 26, of Pittsfield, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, an unclassified misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation; and having an illegal side-window tint, an infraction, according to a statement from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Fitzgerald’s passenger, Lindsey D. Cobbs, 25, also of Pittsfield, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A felony; and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; according to police.

At around 6:31 p.m. Saturday, a sheriff’s K-9 unit spotted a 2014 Acura with dark-tinted side windows traveling on Route 203 and performed a traffic stop. When deputies approached, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to police.

The deputy found Fitzgerald driving with a suspended license and had a straw containing cocaine residue in her possession, according to police. A small amount of marijuana was also found, police said.

A more thorough search uncovered about 153 grams of cocaine in the vehicle, according to police. The cocaine has a street value of about $15,000 in the vehicle, police said.

Deputies interviewed Fitzgerald and also found five Oxycodone pills in her possession, according to the Sheriff’s Office. She did not have a prescription for the Oxycodone, which is a controlled substance.

Fitzgerald and Cobbs were arraigned in Claverack Town Court. Cobbs was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.

Fitzgerald was sent to the jail on $1,000 bail or $2,000 bond. Cobbs is due to appear in Austerlitz Town Court on Friday. Fitzgerald is scheduled to return May 2.

The Sheriff’s Office’s Drug Enforcement and Education Unit assisted at the scene. The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and a state police K-9 officer are assisting with the case.