Prison sentence in Columbia County drug possession case

A Pittsfield man will spend the next 4 1/2 years in prison, after his sentencing on drug possession charges. 25 year old Lindsey Cobbs was sentenced in Columbia County Court, after pleading guilty to the charges in May. He was arrested during a traffic stop on Route 203 in Austerlitz.

Original Press Release:



Austerlitz, NY- Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that two Massachusetts residents were arrested on Saturday April 21, 2018 for drug charges after a vehicle stop on State Route 203 in the Town of Austerlitz.

On April 21, 2018 at approximately 6:31pm, K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne was on routine patrol and observed a 2014 Acura traveling on State Route 203 with dark tinted side windows. The Deputy performed a traffic stop and approached the vehicle where he encountered two occupants: a female driver and a male passenger. The Deputy smelled a strong odor of marihuana coming from within the vehicle.

The female driver, a Jessica Fitzgerald, was operating the motor vehicle with a suspended license and she was found in possession of a straw that contained cocaine residue. A small quantity of marihuana was also found in the car.

A further search of the male passenger, a Lindsey Cobbs, led Deputies to the discovery of approximately 153 grams of cocaine with a street value of about $15,000.

Both parties were transported back to the Sheriff’s Office for processing. During further interview with the female driver, she was found to possess 5 Oxycodone pills, which are a controlled substance that she did not have a prescription for. She had indicated the she was traveling from New York City to Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Lindsey D. Cobbs, 25, of Pittsfield MA., was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree (Class A Felony) and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (Class B Felony).

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