By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
CATSKILL — Three Greene County residents, including a Cairo man, were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Catskill.
State troopers patrolling in Catskill stopped a 2006 Ford Fusion traveling east on Allen Street on June 25 at about 1:48 a.m., according to a statement from state police.
The vehicle stopped after seeing the police car and the driver, later identified as Jessica Collazo, 32, of Catskill, was seen walking away from the vehicle, police said.
“Collazo was instructed to return to the vehicle,” according to police. “While speaking with troopers Collazo attempted to flee and ran towards the rear of the vehicle where another trooper was interviewing a passenger from the vehicle, identified as Albert Clark, age 33, from Cairo, NY.”
As Collazo was being taken into custody, troopers say they saw several clear plastic bags of crack-cocaine on the ground near Collazo and Clark. Both were placed under arrest.
A third person in the vehicle, Laura Jackson, 59, of Catskill, was asked to leave the vehicle and was interviewed by troopers before she was arrested.
“A search of the vehicle yielded multiple crack smoking devices containing crack-cocaine,” police said.
Clark and Collazo were charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence, all felonies; and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.
They were arraigned in Cairo Town Court. Collazo was released on her own recognizance and Clark was remanded to the Greene County Jail.
Jackson was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket and released.