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March 19, 2002
TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO COCAINE ARRESTS
OSWEGO -- Two local residents were arrested over the weekend on felony charges for cocaine possession after a traffic stop, University Police at SUNY Oswego said.
According to reports, Officer David VanAntwerp spotted a 1993 Jeep Cherokee speeding on State Route 104 near Third Avenue at around 4 a.m. Saturday. Reports said the driver, Jason M. McManus, 18, of 2076 County Route 1 in Oswego was traveling at 43 miles per hour in a 30-mph zone and later swerved onto the shoulder three times and into the oncoming lane four times.
VanAntwerp pulled McManus over on Route 104 near Fred Haynes Boulevard. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content above 0.10 percent, both misdemeanors, and failure to keep right, a violation.
While performing an internal vehicle inventory search before having the car towed, officers said they found a plastic bag containing a ball of 1.32 grams of cocaine between the passenger's seat and the armrest in the Jeep.
Police said both McManus and his passenger, Chad L. Murray, 17, of 19 Waterview Road in Oswego, denied the substance belonged to them, and each blamed the other. As a result, both were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony.
They were arraigned before Judge Stanley Jung in Oswego Town Court and remanded to the Oswego County Safety Center in lieu of bail in the amount of $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond. They were scheduled to re-appear in Oswego Town Court at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday).
Neither suspect is a SUNY Oswego student, officers said.
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