AMSTERDAM -- An Amsterdam man has been arrested for allegedly possessing drugs in his clothing and then in a false-bottomed Clorox container at his residence, authorities said.
Edwin Rodriguez, 30, was arrested last week after a traffic stop conducted by Amsterdam police, according to an affidavit filed in federal court by a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent.
Rodriguez was charged federally the day after the stop with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Amsterdam officers pulled Rodriguez over May 15 and learned that he did not have a valid driver's license. When asked if he had any drugs on him, he handed over what he said was marijuana, the affidavit reads.
But he also allegedly kept reaching for his pants.
"As officers arrested Rodriguez for unlicensed operation of a vehicle, a vacuum- or heat-sealed bag containing a white powder dropped out of his pants," the affidavit reads.
The drugs are suspected to be heroin or fentanyl, according to the affidavit. A field test wasn't conducted due to the dangers of fentanyl. Laboratory tests are pending, the affidavit reads.
Rodriguez also allegedly claimed to officers that he lived in the Bronx. He traveled to Amsterdam occasionally to visit his wife, the affidavit reads, "and claimed not to know where his wife lived in Amsterdam."
The DEA then obtained a search warrant for his Amsterdam apartment, where investigators determined he resided. Inside, agents found the Clorox bottle with a hidden compartment. Inside the compartment was a clear plastic bag containing small, pink-colored envelopes commonly used to package heroin, the affidavit reads.
The envelopes are believed to contain either heroin or fentanyl. Laboratory tests are pending on that substance, as well.
Close by the false-bottom bottle, investigators also found items connected to the drug trade, including unused similar envelopes, a powder that is a known cutting agent and a vacuum or heat sealer with two roles of plastic wrap, the affidavit reads.
Rodriguez was arraigned and released under supervision.
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