ALBANY, N.Y. -- A traffic stop in the City of Albany has resulted in felony drug charges for a Troy man.
Thruway State Police conducted a traffic stop on Southern Boulevard near Exit 23 around 1:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon when the driver of a 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe failed to use his turn signal while heading to a local business.
Troopers say the driver, Shawn L. Hector, 42, of Troy, exited the vehicle and police noticed a small bag containing marijuana seeds.
Following a search of the vehicle in which a State Police K-9 unit out of Troop G, Latham was used, a plastic bag was located hidden in the center console of the Tahoe. The bag was found to contain a vacuum sealed package of crack cocaine weighing 10 ounces along with a separate package which contained approximately 36 grams of marijuana.
After being transported to SP Albany for processing, Hector was charged with felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 1st-Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd-Degree, and misdemeanor Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 5th-Degree, as well as vehicle and traffic charges.
He was held overnight at the Albany County Jail and arraigned in the City of Albany Court on Friday morning where he was remanded held without bail and returned to the Albany County Jail.
Hector is scheduled to return to Albany Court for a preliminary hearing on March 5, 2013.