Cortland woman found passed out in car, busted for drug possession

(Cortland Voice files)

A Cortland woman was found passed out in her vehicle and arrested following a slew of drugs found in her possession, according to a release from the City of Cortland Police Department on Monday.

This past Thursday at 9 a.m., a city police officer noticed that Augustina C. Rivera, 22, of Brown Avenue, “appeared to be passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle that was parked and along the side of the road” on the same street she lives on, the report states.

The report notes that when the officer approached Rivera’s vehicle, he noticed there were empty bags “consistent with the types of bags to contain heroin and/or fentanyl” close to the vehicles’ “display gauges on the dashboard.”

The officer not only determined that Rivera was “under the influence of narcotics,” a search of Rivera’s vehicle also revealed 41 bags of fentanyl, a bag of cocaine and a set of electronic scales, the report states.

Rivera was charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs (all misdemeanors); third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (a felony); and refusal to take a breath test (a violation).

Rivera was recently arraigned and released. She is scheduled to appear in the city of Cortland court on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.