OGDENSBURG – A man from Canton and a woman from Ogdensburg have been charged with several drug-related offenses following a traffic stop in Ogdensburg Friday evening.
Ogdensburg road officers stopped a vehicle in the city for an alleged equipment violation.
“The ensuing investigation by officers, led to a United States Border Patrol K-9 free air sniff of the vehicle, alerting to the presence of narcotics,” according to a news release from the Ogdensburg Police Department.
The vehicle was searched, and a small amount of crack cocaine, powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle.
The driver, Jeffrey F. Hopper Jr., 22, of 124 CR 16, Canton, and the passenger, Angela J. Hutchison, 43, of 624 Irvin Street, Ogdensburg, were taken into custody.
While at the police station, what officers called “a significant quantity of narcotics and currency” was found in Hutchison’s purse: roughly an ounce of crack cocaine, a smaller amount of powder cocaine, various narcotic pain pills, and just over $6,000 in cash.
Hopper was also found to have hypodermic needles.
Hopper was charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, a Class A misdemeanor, released on an appearance ticket, and turned over to the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. He was additionally wanted on an Oswegatchie Town Court bench warrant.
Hutchison was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class B felony, and was held at the Ogdensburg Police Department, pending her arraignment in Ogdensburg City Court.
The investigation remains open, and additional charges may be made.