Traffic stop conducted on Route 9H in Kinderhook nets the arrest of two men for felony drug possession
NEW YORK STATE POLICE Major Robert C. GregoryTroop K Commander
Kinderhook, New York – On July 29, 2017, New York State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested 21-year-old Naquan S. Williams, of Albany, NY, and Elshamar T. Thornton, 24 years old, of Hudson, New York, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree, a Class C Felony and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.
Troopers stopped a Ford Taurus traveling on State Route 9H in Kinderhook after the officer observed the vehicle swerve off of the roadway. As the vehicle was being stopped, the Trooper witnessed the occupants throw a bag from the passenger side window onto the shoulder of the roadway. An investigation indicates that the vehicle’s occupants, Williams and Thornton, had thrown a bag containing heroin, cocaine and crack from the vehicle prior to coming to a complete stop. The driver, Thornton, was issued tickets for unlicensed operation and for failing to maintain his lane of travel.
Thornton and Williams were arraigned before the Honorable Judge Delehunt and remanded to the Columbia County Jail. Both defendants are due to appear in the Town of Kinderhook Court on August 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.