CANAJOHARIE – Two Utica resident were arrested drug and child endangerment charges after a traffic stop Sunday evening, Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies stopped the car just before 10:30 p.m. on Route 5S in Canajoharie for speeding, officials said.
Inside, deputies found four people, two adults and two children. Deputies also detected an odor of marijuana, officials said.
A search of the vehicle uncovered a total of 107 THC concentrate vape cartridges and 11 grams of marijuana, officials said.
Officials identified the two adults in the car as Akeem J. Bigelow, 30, and Amanda M. Zayas, 32, both of Utica.
They were both charged with one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, along with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Bigelow was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and infractions of speeding and having a back seat passenger under the age of 4 years old without a proper restraint.
A family friend was contacted and responded to the scene to take custody of the children, officials said.
Bigelow, who was on supervise state parole for a previous controlled substance conviction, was arraigned and ordered held without bail. Zayas, who was on probation for a prior grand larceny conviction was arraigned and released to appear in court again later.