County Sheriff’s Office: Man resists arrest; discovered to be in possession of drugs

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A City of Cortland man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he attempted to flee on foot, resisted arrest and found to be in possession of drugs, according to a Cortland County Sheriff’s Office report.

The County Drug Task Force, with assistance by city police, were looking to make a warrant arrest on North Main Street, the report states.

According to the report, the arrest attempt was for Richard T. Stevens, 25, who had a slew of warrants from the New York State Parole, and the City of Cortland and City of Auburn Police Departments.

Stevens was seen walking on North Main Street. The report states that city police approached Stevens, but the 25-year old man “fled on foot” and “resisted arrest.”

The report states that Stevens was “apprehended” by the city police’s K9 unit a few moments later. He was discovered to be in possession of 18 bags of heroin, 23 buprenorphine pills, packaging materials and a scale. The report notes that the controlled substances have a street value over $410.

Stevens has been charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (a Class-B Felony), two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia (a Class-A Misdemeanor), seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (a Class-A Misdemeanor), and resisting arrest (a Class-A Misdemeanor).

Stevens was processed, arraigned and remanded to the Cortland County Jail with no bail. He is scheduled to appear in city court at 10 a.m. July 27.