COBLESKILL, NY - A routine traffic stop by State Police in Cobleskill resulted in the seizure of 460 marijuana plants from four separate locations in the Town of Esperance, Schoharie County. Troopers stopped a vehicle on August 21 for a routine violation and while questioning the driver developed information which resulted in a separate investigation and subsequent seizure of the marijuana.
Gregory F. Stevenson, 58, of Egelston Drive in Esperence, was charged with unlawfully growing marijuana, a misdemeanor, criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, both felonies, and 2 counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in the Town of Cobleskill Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.
Ronald L. Ragan, 64, of Ragan Road in Sloansville, was charged with unlawfully growing marijuana, a misdemeanor, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of fireworks, both violations. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Esperence Court on August 29, 2012.
The plants were found growing in the vicinity of Egelston Drive and Ragan Road, as well as Brandon and Esperance Roads. They were located with the assistance of the New York Air National Guard, the Schoharie County Sheriffs Office, and the Community Narcotics Enforcement Unit. The harvested plants, between 5 and 7 feet tall, were seized along with elaborate hydroponic equipment and $2,000 cash.