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Traffic stop leads to two arrests

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    Contributed photo Juan Fuente-Ramirez, 24
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    Contributed photo Rafael Ramirez, 29
April 9, 2018 12:47 pm

COEYMANS — A traffic stop on the New York State Thruway led to two arrests and drug and other charges.

On Saturday, April 7, a New York state trooper from the Albany Thruway barracks stopped a vehicle on the highway for a traffic stop.

Juan Fuente-Ramirez was driving north on the Thruway in the town of Coeymans, along with a passenger, Rafael Ramirez, when the vehicle was stopped for vehicle and traffic violations, according to a statement from New York State Police.

“During the roadside investigation, the trooper conducting a vehicle search revealed that Fuente-Ramirez, age 24, and his passenger, Ramirez, age 29, both of the city of Albany, possessed cocaine, and several fake credit/debit cards,” according to the statement.

Ramirez was taken into custody without incident, but police say Fuente-Ramirez fled the scene on foot, state police said. He was not apprehended at that time.

Ramirez was charged with criminal possession on a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree with intent to sell, and criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, all felonies.

Ramirez was arraigned in the Town of Coeymans Court and remanded to Albany County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or a $20,000 bond. He is due to return to court at a later date.

Fuente-Ramirez turned himself in to troopers on the following evening, on Sunday, April 9.

In addition to a number of vehicle and traffic violations, Fuente-Ramirez was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell in the third degree, and criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, all felonies. He also faces misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and second degree obstruction of governmental administration.

Fuente-Ramirez was arraigned on Monday, April 9, in the Town of Coeymans Court and was remanded to Albany County Jail on $25,000 cash bail or $25,000 bond. He is due to return to court at a later date.