Syracuse man arrested in city for selling cocaine

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CORTLAND -- City police said in a release today a Syracuse man was arrested for selling crack cocaine after a traffic stop on Port Watson Street.

Jalen Searight, 23, of 241 McKinley Avenue had more than half an ounce of cocaine on him worth about $1,500, said Lt. Michael Strangeway in an interview this afternoon. An individual user typically purchases crack cocaine in $50-$100 increments, Strangeway said. 

When divided out, that means Searight was carrying enough crack cocaine to sell to up to 30 users.

Strangeway said he believes Seawright was likely hawking the cocaine in Cortland.

“I do suspect he was selling in the city,” he said this afternoon.

Searight was stopped shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday for a minor traffic infraction, Strangeway said. Officers determined he had a suspended driver’s licence and discovered the crack cocaine, he said.

Two felony felony drug charges were levied against Searight: third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with an aggregate weight of more than half an ounce. He was also charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Searight was arraigned in City Court, sent to the Cortland County Correctional Facility on $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond and was released on bail on Monday. He is scheduled to reappear in City Court at a later date.