Friday, November 26, 2021

Found Hidden in Sport Utility Vehicle:
5.874 kilos of cocaine seized in Wyoming County traffic stop

Wyoming County sheriff’s investigators seized more than five kilograms of cocaine during a traffic stop in Sheldon Monday, in one of the largest seizures in county history. Sgt. Colin Reagan was on patrol when he stopped a 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander for traffic violations on Route 20A, investigators said.

Reagan interviewed the driver and obtained consent to search the vehicle. Packages of cocaine were found concealed in two backpacks in the vehicle’s rear storage compartment, while two more were found in the upright portion of the driver seat, Reagan said.

The vehicle was seized, while Rodriguez Rosario and all evidence were transported to the Sheriff’s Office for processing. Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted with drug testing and background investigation. Investigators said the substance was confirmed to be cocaine.

In all, the cocaine weighed 5.874 kilograms, with a value of more than $225,000.

The driver, Manuel J. Rodriguez-Rosario, 32, of Jamestown was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A1 felony and the most severe drug charge under state penal law. Rodriguez-Rosario also was charged with operating as a major drug trafficker, also an A1 felony, failure to keep right and driver’s view obstructed.

He was arraigned and committed to Wyoming County Jail without bail.
By SCOTT DESMIT - sdesmit@batavianews.com

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