State police charge four on pot, ecstasy drug charges

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:49

    GOSHEN-Four young people were arrested early Thursday morning following a traffic stop on Route 17 in the Town of Goshen after state police found four ounces of hydroponically grown marijuana and 1,000 tablets of MDMA, commonly called ecstasy. According to a press release from State Police at Monroe, Troopers Peter Cirigliano and Evan Rothbaum were patrolling Route 17 early Thursday morning. At 1:20 a.m., police said the troopers observed a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu make an unsafe lane change. They stopped the car and detected a strong odor of marijuana, police said. At that point, the troopers search the car and found the marijuana and ecstasy. The driver, Reinaldo Olivero, 29, of Syracuse, and three passengers, Nathaniel K. Bennett, 24, and Tonette D. Mitchell, 19, also of Syracuse, and Shareef Henderson, 26, of Brooklyn, were charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Olivero also was charged with driving while impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor. All four suspects were arraigned by Town of Goshen Town Justice Thomas Cione and sent to Orange County Jail without bail, pending action by a grand jury.