Two Pounds of Cocaine Leads to Indictments in Ulster
On Dec. 14, an Ulster County grand jury indicted Ricardo Almenteros, Ricoardo E. Almenteros and Edward Pearce on charges related to alleged the possession of 1,292 grams of cocaine found on them during a traffic stop.
The three men were taken into custody on I-87 in Plattekill after they were stopped by New York State Police for a traffic violation. During a probable cause search, troopers discovered 1,292 grams of cocaine packaged in the car's air intake.
The three men have been indicted on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree for possession of more than 8 ounces of a narcotic drug and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree for the possession of cocaine with the intent to sell.
Ricardo Almenteros is currently on federal probation arising from a prior drug conviction out of Rochester, N.Y. The other two defendants have no criminal convictions. Arraignment on the charges was scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 19 in Ulster County Court.