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Two found with drugs in stop

CANAJOHARIE — Two Utica residents on parole were charged with drug charges on Sunday follow a traffic stop for a speeding violation.

Akeem J. Bigelow, 30, of 903 Nichols St., Apt. 1, Utica was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, an infraction for speed over maximum and an infraction for back seat passenger under four years old with no or improper restraint.

Amanda M. Zayas, 32, of 12 Newell St., Apt. 2, Utica was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

According to a press release, during a traffic stop, Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies found Bigelow and Zayas in the vehicle with two younger children and an odor of marijuana was detected. A K-9 search was conducted by K-9 GAJ.

During the search of the interior of the vehicle , deputies recovered a total of 107 THC concentrate vape cartridges as well as 11 grams of marijuana. Both Bigelow and Zayas were arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for processing. A family friend was contacted and responded to the scene to take custody of the children.

According to the release, Bigelow is currently supervised by state parole for a felony conviction of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and Zayas is currently supervised on a felony probation for third-degree grand larceny.

Bigelow was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility with no bail, and Zayas was released. Both were arraigned by Amsterdam City Court Judge Lisa Lorman and are to reappear in Canajoharie Town Court on July 2 at 4 p.m. Assisting in the investigation was Montgomery County District Attorney Kelli McCoski.

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