A 65-year old Albany resident found himself in big trouble after a routine traffic stop in Latham. When officers searched his car, they recovered drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Francisco Salazar, a 65-year-old man from Albany, was stopped by the New York State Police on Central Avenue on Friday night. Mr. Salazar was stopped because officers with the State Police observed him commit various traffic violations.

As officers approached Mr. Salazar’s vehicle, the smell of marijuana drifted from the car. Because the officer smelled the scent of marijuana coming from the vehicle, he removed Mr Salazar from the vehicle and conducted a search of the vehicle.

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According to News 10, during the vehicle search officers uncovered heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and three hypodermic needles that contained heroin.

Mr. Salazar was arrested and charged with five counts of seventh-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, which is a misdemeanor; three counts of Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, which is a misdemeanor and and fifth- degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance which is a felony.

Mr. Salazar was transported to the State Police barracks in Lanham. He had a virtual arraignment with the Menands Village Court and was taken to the Albany County Jail. He has a court date scheduled for February 17 with the Albany City Court.

It looks like Mr. Salazar is looking at some jail time. If he is found guilty of all of these charges, he could potentially spend a long time in jail. At 65 years old, any extended period of time would basically result in a life sentence.

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