PITTSFIELD -- Two Berkshire County residents are being held on $10,000 bail in New York state after a traffic stop led to the discovery of more than 100 grams of cocaine and a small amount of heroin, police said.
Yamilex S. Rivera, 18, of Pittsfield, was a passenger in a car driven by Tyler C. Renton, 23, of Richmond, when they were pulled over on the on the New York State Thruway in Canaan, N.Y. about 8 p.m. Monday for not having adequate lights or an inspection sticker.
Rivera allegedly had more than 100 grams of cocaine in his possession, according to state police. Renton allegedly had a small amount of heroin and hypodermic needles.
A second passenger, 36-year-old Efrain Gonalez, of New York City, allegedly gave troopers a false name. It was later determined he was wanted by New Jersey authorities. He was charged with giving a false name and held as a fugitive from justice, according to police.
All three defendants were arraigned in Canaan Town Court. Rivera pleaded not guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony that carries a maximum nine-year state prison sentence. Renton pleaded not guilty to seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument and two traffic violations. Both were held on $10,000 bail. They are due back in court Oct. 10. It's likely Rivera's case will be transferred to Columbia County Court.
Gonalez, who is wanted in Fort Lee, N.J. on drug charges, was held without bail on his charges. It was unclear whether when and if he would be picked up by New Jersey authorities.
All three are being held at the Columbia County Jail.
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