An investigation that began with a traffic stop and an unsecured child ended with a Schuylerville man facing felony drug charges, state police said.
The man charged, who was the child’s father, was accused of illegally possessing 100 pills of a powerful pain reliever, as well as a pound of marijuana.
The traffic stop happened just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Exit 23 of Interstate 87 in Albany, state police said.
The driver, an 18-year-old from Greenwich, was pulled over for failing to signal. As troopers interviewed the driver, they noticed the child, a 5-year-old boy, was in the back seat not in a child safety seat.
Police then spoke with the other adult passenger, the child’s father James J. Wood, 33, of Schuylerville. Conflicting stories led police the check further, police said.
Troopers called a K-9 unit to the scene. That led to police discovering the marijuana and pills.
The marijuana weighed in at 455.6 grams, or about a pound. The pills were identified as Oxycodone, a powerful and controlled pain reliever.
The driver, who was not named, was issued traffic tickets and released.
Wood was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell, second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felonies.
Wood also faces a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child and a violation count of possession of a controlled substance in a non-original container.
Wood was taken to the Albany County Jail to be arraigned this morning.
The child was taken safely back to the state police barracks in Albany and turned over to his mother, police said.