Two men arrested for cocaine possession worth over $12K; flee scene following traffic stop

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Two Cortland County men were arrested last week following over $12,000 worth of cocaine discovered, and both fled from the scene, according to a report provided by the Cortland County Drug Task Force.

The report stated this past Thursday, officers conducted a traffic stop for Anthony Perkins, 62, and his passenger Artist Quiller, 51, for a traffic infraction in Marathon.

Quiller fled from the scene, while Perkins drove away, the report noted. Officers caught up to Quiller after a “short foot pursuit,” and Perkins returned to the area after being stopped by New York State Police, the report continued.

About 4.5 ounces of cocaine was found in the vehicle, which is valued at $12,500, according to the report. An undisclosed amount of money was also discovered, and Perkins was driving the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.

Perkins was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (a Class-A II Felony), second-degree conspiracy (a Class-B Felony), second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle (a misdemeanor), and following too closely and unlicensed operation traffic infractions.

Quiller had the same first two charges as Perkins, along with second-degree obstructing governmental administration (a Class-A Misdemeanor).

Quiller and Perkins were arraigned and are currently being held at Cortland County Jail with no bail. Both are due to appear in Marathon town court on Wednesday.

According to the report, the investigation is going and more arrests could be made.