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Two Connecticut men face felony drug charges in Columbia County

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September 13, 2017 11:30 pm

CANAAN — A trial date has been set for two Connecticut men facing multiple drug felony charges.

On March 13, state police said they stopped a Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling west on Interstate 90 in Canaan for a speeding violation at around 3:47 p.m.

The driver, later identified as Marlin M. Lawrence, 46, of Hartford, Connecticut, led troopers on a short chase ending off I-90 at the junction of Route 22 and Route 203, where his vehicle skidded off the road and came to rest in a ditch, police said.

Lawrence fled on foot and attempted to get rid of the narcotics, but was apprehended by troopers a few feet away from the vehicle, police said.

Lawrence and a passenger in the vehicle, Rogers L. Crawford, 46, of Manchester, Connecticut, were found with 5.2 ounces of cocaine, 2 grams of Ecstasy, and 2 grams of marijuana, state police said.

The men were taken to state police barracks in Albany for processing.

Police found that Lawrence also had an active arrest warrant in Connecticut for failing to appear for scheduled parole meetings. He was ultimately charged with:

n Second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; a class A felony.

n Fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; a class C felony.

n Second-degree reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor.

n Third-degree unlawful fleeing of a police officer, a class A misdemeanor.

n Second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, a class A misdemeanor.

n Unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

n Reckless driving and numerous vehicle and traffic violations.

Police charged Crawford with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Defense counsel Wednesday made an application to the court to waive indictment by a grand jury.

Crawford and Lawrence’s trial has been set for March 26, Koweek said.

“The people are ready for trial,” Assistant District Attorney Jim Carlucci said Wednesday.

At the time of their arrests, both men were arraigned in Canaan Town Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond. Lawrence was remanded to the Columbia County Jail without bail.

Koweek continued Wednesday to remand Crawford without bail and released Crawford on his own recognizance.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.