U.S. Attorney Hochul announces major drug bust

Updated: 02/10/2014 6:20 PM
Created: 02/10/2014 12:00 PM WHEC.com

A major bust has taken more than a million dollars’ worth of illegal drugs off the streets. Investigators seized more than 30 kilograms of cocaine. That’s around 60 pounds.

Officials say it is the largest drug bust involving cocaine in the Rochester area. Four people have been arrested in separate incidents. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is crediting good old fashion police work for the seizure of the largest amount of cocaine. News10NBC learned a New York State trooper stopped the vehicle police say was transporting the drugs for speeding and weaving in and out of a lane. 

According to the criminal complaint, the trooper says the driver told him he had been visiting family in Atlanta and was on the way home. The trooper says that caught his attention because he knows Atlanta to be a source city for cocaine.

The vehicle was stopped on Interstate 490 near Chili. The trooper says while he was talking with the driver, he also notice an open bible, a tree air freshener and a GPS, items the trooper says he has learned from his colleagues can be potential indicators a person is transporting a controlled substance. 

According to court papers, the trooper conducted a canine search and the dog alerted him to something in the back of the vehicle. When troopers searched the back, they found cellophane bricks containing cocaine. There were 24 in all. The trooper says the cocaine was hidden by diapers and clothing. The driver, Christopher Kendrick, was taken into custody.

U.S. Attorney Bill Hochul says this and two other seizures prior represent more than a million dollars’ worth of illegal street drugs. 

William Hochul. US Attorney, said, “For each kilogram, there is 1000 grams or 2,000 individual hits. Multiplied by these numbers of seizures of kilos, you can see there are well over 100,000 individual usages that these seizures represent that will not be flooding the streets of Rochester.”

Hochul says one of the other cocaine seizures happened at the post office when a postmaster became suspicious of a package. A third case involved a seizure at the home of a Rochester man. In all, four people have been arrested.

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