Four people from Cortland County accused of having drugs in car with toddler

Christopher Monk, 28, of Cortlandville; Morgan Congdon, 28, of Cortland; Stefanie K. Strauf, 29, of Marathon; and Vincent J. Welshman, 28, of Cortland (New York State Police)

CORTLAND, N.Y. – Four people from Cortland County were arrested Tuesday at a gas station on drug possession and child endangerment charges, New York State Police said.

At around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, state police in Lafayette responded to the Byrne Dairy store on Route 20 for a report of a suspicious man.

When troopers arrived, they found the man in the restroom with drug paraphernalia and narcotics, state police said. He was later identified as 28-year-old Christopher Monk, of Cortlandville.

While taking Monk into custody, police observed a vehicle in the parking lot with several individuals inside. They saw drug paraphernalia and hypodermic needles, and a 3-year-old child was in the backseat, authorities said.

Troopers also arrested Morgan Congdon, 28, of Cortland; Stefanie K. Strauf, 29, of Marathon; and Vincent J. Welshman, 28, of Cortland.

All four individuals were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful dealing with a child, and endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.

They were arraigned in Lafayette Town Court. Monk was taken to the Onondaga County Justice Center on $2,500 bail. Strauf was released on her own recognizance, and Welshman and Congdon were jailed on $500 cash bail.

They are due back in court in January.

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