A Schenectady teen was charged with drug possession Monday night after a traffic stop on Storrie Street.
City police said they observed a vehicle driven by Damiek A. DeGroate, 16, of 322 Robinson St., fail to signal a turn from Bunn Street to Thomas Street about 10:30 p.m., then quickly turn onto Storrie Street, park on the side of the street and shut off all the vehicle's lights after noticing the police vehicle.
When a patrol officer attempted to talk to DeGroate and his three passengers, police said, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana and called for assistance. A subsequent search of the car by a police dog discovered more than 500 milligrams of crack cocaine, two envelopes of marijuana and a small container of powder cocaine, police said.
The three passengers were released, police said, but DeGroate was charged with felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as unlawful possession of marijuana and failure to signal, both violations. DeGroate was being held at city police headquarters pending arraignment this morning in City Court.