Police: Schenectady driver using cellphone leads to drug find

Additional charges could be filed

Categories: News, Schenectady County

ROTTERDAM — A Sunday traffic stop started with an officer spotting a driver using a cellphone and ended with the discovery of various drugs — and the driver’s arrest, police said.


The incident happened just before 5 p.m. Sunday when Officer Connor Lee spotted Michael W. Horton, 29, of Schenectady, using a cellphone while driving, police said.

Horton pulled over, and Lee soon found he did not have a driver’s license. The officer also found a large quantity of heroin, hydrocodone and clonazepam tablets — for which Horton did not have prescriptions — and marijuana in the vehicle, police said.

Horton faces a felony drug possession count, two misdemeanor drug possession charges, a marijuana violation count and several traffic offenses.

The investigation is continuing, and additional charges could be filed, police said.

Horton was arraigned and held on $30,000 bail.

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