A motor vehicle stop in Hyde Park led to drug charges for one New York resident on Sunday, January 13. At approximately 7:53 p.m. Vermont State Police pulled over 34 year-old Jesse Rodriguez, of West Camp, NY, as he was traveling east on Route 15 and found him to be in possession of narcotics.
Troopers stopped Rodriguez near the VFW in Hyde Park, on Route 15, for exceeding the posted speed limit and for following a vehicle too closely. An investigation by troopers found that Rodriguez was in possession of marijuana as well as one dime bag of crack cocaine. Before troopers took Rodriguez into custody, he ran down a steep bank and across a corn field before he was apprehended by Vermont State Troopers and a Lamoille County Sheriff’s Deputy.
After catching Rodriguez, a K9 unit was brought in and a search of the cornfield was conducted. More cocaine was found in the area where officers caught Rodriguez as a result of the search. In total, the weight of the cocaine came in at two ounces.
After taking Rodriguez into custody, troopers transported him to Copley Hospital for screening due to the fact that he told the officers that he had attempted to swallow two of the bags of cocaine. He was cleared following the screening and released back into the custody of the troopers. Rodriguez was then processed for the crimes of local speed [speeding], following too closely, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and resisting arrest. He will be housed at the North East Correction Center until his court date on January 16 when he will be appearing in Lamoille Superior Court – Criminal Division. Rodriguez’s bail has been set at $5,000 cash.