Pittsfield men face charges for allegedly possessing Ketamine, marijuana in car


PITTSFIELD -- A city man is being held in a New York jail after allegedly being found in possession of Ketamine, a "dissociative anesthetic," following a New Year's Day traffic stop.

Joshua Burke and Max Teichert, both 20 and from Pittsfield, were stopped by New York state troopers for speeding on the Taconic State Parkway in the town of Taghkanic, according to New York State Police.

Burke, who was the driver, was allegedly found to be in possession of about 2.5 grams of Ketamine. Teichert was charged for having about 25 grams of marijuana.

According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research, Ketamine, sometimes known as "Special K," is a dissociative anesthetic that is often used in veterinary medicine. Abusers take the drug, which is considered a controlled substance, for both its anesthetic and hallucinatory properties.

Burke was charged with fifth-degree illegal possession of a controlled substance, arraigned in the Town of Taghkanic Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

He remained in jail as of Thursday afternoon.

Teichert was given an appearance ticket to appear in court at a later date and was released.

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