Fort Covington traffic stop by U.S. Border Patrol ends in felony drug charge, traffic citations
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 2:30 pm

FORT COVINGTON -- State police charged a Constable man with felony drug possession following a Monday traffic stop.

Around 8:41 p.m., troopers say they responded to state Route 37 in the town of Fort Covington, to assist a United States Border Patrol agent who had stopped a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix for failure to keep right.

The operator, identified as 31-year-old John M. Butchino of Constable, was found to have a revoked driver’s license due to a previous DWI. Butchino was also found in possession of several acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrochloride pills, troopers said.

Butchino was arrested and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, as well as possessing prescriptions outside of the original container, two counts of second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to keep right and use of motor vehicle without an interlock device, troopers said.

Butchino was arraigned in the Town of Malone Court where he was remanded to the Franklin County Jail, Malone in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is to reappear in the Town of Fort Convington Court on a later date, troopers said.

A passenger in the vehicle, 29-year-old Jocelyn M. Gadway, also of Constable, was issued tickets for facilitating second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and renting or leasing a vehicle without an interlock device. She is to appear in the Town of Fort Covington Court, troopers said.