Police nab man with $3,000 in crack

Police nab man with $3,000 in crack

Saul Chavez

An Albany man was arrested in Whitehall on Saturday after police made a traffic stop and said he possessed crack cocaine valued at more than $3,000.

Saul Chavez, 42, of 219 South Pearl St., was in the passenger’s seat at about 11:22 p.m. on Feb. 20 when Whitehall police stopped an Acura TL being driven by Ashley Bonilla, 39, of Burlington, Vermont, for following too closely.

During the stop it was discovered that Bonilla had her privilege to drive a car in New York suspended. It was also discovered that she had a crack stem in her coat pocket and a crack stem in her driver’s door, as well as a purple pill container containing a small amount of crack cocaine.

Ashley Bonilla

Chavez was in possession of a large bag of crack cocaine with a weight of about 28.85 grams, according to the press release. He also had a smaller bag weighing about 3 grams.

Police said that the combined estimated street value of those two bags was more than $3,000.

The rear seat passenger, Tyrone Kevin Biggs, 52 of Burlington, Vermont, was also found to be in possession of a bag of marijuana.

Biggs was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana to appear in Whitehall Village Court on a later date.

Bonilla was issued traffic tickets for following too closely, a misdemeanor charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, and an appearance ticket for a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. She will appear in Whitehall Village Court at a later date.

Chavez was processed on two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree for possessing a narcotic drug with intent to sell, a class B felony. He was arraigned and released without bail to appear in court on a later date due to New York State Bail Reform.

Sgt. Ryan Pedone and Officer Damion Duffy handled the case.