Drahcir Parson, the man who claimed he was framed by a pair of corrupt Schenectady police officers during the late 1990s, is again facing felony drug charges.
The now-40-year-old Schenectady resident was arrested by state police on the Northway and charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance after troopers allegedly found crack, powder cocaine, heroin and marijuana in the vehicle.
Investigators said they discovered the drugs on Parson following a vehicle stop on Interstate 87 Sunday afternoon. State police spokesman Mark Cepiel said the vehicle was stopped for speeding and having a broken tail light when troopers were given cause to search for contraband.
“It was a probable cause search during the investigation of the occupants of the vehicle,” he said Monday.
Parson was arraigned in Queensbury Town Court and sent to the Warren County Jail with no bail set. He has more than two prior felony convictions and could be tried as a predicate felon.
Parsons was convicted of dealing drugs in December 1998 and was handed a lengthy prison term that would keep him behind bars for more than a decade. However, he claimed he was framed by Schenectady police officers including Lt. Michael F. Hamilton Jr. and Officer Michael J. Siler — both of whom were subsequently convicted of unrelated drug charges in federal court.
An FBI investigation revealed an extremely effective clique of officers had been conducting illegal searches, grabbing crack cocaine from suspects and then using it to entice information from informants. The probe ultimately led to the conviction of Siler, Hamilton, Nicola Messere, and Richard Barnett, all of whom served time in prison.
Parson contended Siler planted crack cocaine on him. Siler pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering, extortion, drug distribution and drug possession shortly before his trial was about to start in July 2001.
As part of his plea agreement, Siler agreed to aid Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney with the investigation of old cases and was granted immunity from prosecution for any instance where he might have given false testimony. Carney interviewed Siler as part of the probe into Parson’s case during several closed-door sessions about the disgraced officer’s previous arrests.
Carney reviewed Parson’s case at the request of the public defender’s office in 2002, but ultimately decided it didn’t warrant reopening.
Parson served nearly nine years in prison before being released on parole in April 2010, according to records from the state Department of Corrections. He also finished his parole sentence.
Parson was last arrested in December, when he was accused of possessing stolen commercial dryers with a total value of more than $36,000 — three Electrolux commercial stack dryers reported stolen in August in Saratoga County. The status of that case was unclear Monday.