Cops bust youths for alleged plans to sell drugs
Two South Salem, N.Y., men were arrested May 26 on drug charges after an officer said he found marijuana and cash in their vehicle.
The officer, who was conducting a checkpoint on Smith Ridge Road near Michigan Road, pulled a car over for a routine seat belt check at around 5:50 p.m. While the three men were wearing their seat belts, the officer reported the odor of marijuana coming from the car.
The three men exited the car and the officer said he noticed a large plastic bag filled with marijuana under the passenger's seat. The officer also searched the glove compartment and found cash in excess of $3,000.
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The driver, Wyatt Gilchrist, 20, of 6 Mill River Road, South Salem, N.Y., admitted ownership of the bag, which contained just less than 4 ounces of marijuana, and the money, police said.
The front seat passenger, Matteo Fabbri, 19, of 447 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, N.Y., admitted to the officer there was going to be a drug transaction, according to police.
The officer charged Gilchrist with possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana and possession with intent to sell a controlled substance. He charged Fabbri with possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana and conspiracy to possess with the intent to sell a controlled substance.
Both men posted $5,000 bonds, and are scheduled to appear in court June 7.