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Guilderland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, July 1, 2010

Traffic stop leads to collaring three for having cocaine

By Anne Hayden

GUILDERLAND — Three Trojans driving through Guilderland were charged with felony possession of crack cocaine on Sunday.

Antwon S. Moore, 26, and Cristal J. Ramundo, 27, both of Sixth Avenue in Troy, and Paul L. Moore, of Fifth Avenue, were in a car traveling on Crossgates Mall Road, around 4:30 in the afternoon, when Guilderland officer Paul Mahan stopped the car for not having a front license plate.

Captain Curtis Cox said Mahan decided he needed to investigate further, due to some evidence of cocaine possession in plain view.

“Mahan is a highly trained professional, and he knows how to determine when to further an investigation,” said Cox. Police seized between a gram and 20 grams of crack cocaine from the car.

“The scope and weight of the crack cocaine determines the severity of the charge,” according to Cox. He said a range of possession from one gram to 20 grams is a Class A2 Felony. Police also found a lot of money in the car.

The Moore brothers, and Antwon Moore’s girlfriend, Ramundo, were arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Antwon Moore was charged with vehicle and traffic violations, and he and Ramundo were both charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Paul Moore, who is on parole, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

The trio appeared before Justice Kenneth J. Connelly in Voorheesville Court, and were sent to Albany County’s jail, with no bail. They are set to appear in Guilderland Town Court today.

“Unfortunately drugs are present here, just like in every other part of the country. We do our part to mitigate it,” said Cox.

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