A routine safety checkpoint for DWI led to finding something, but it wasn’t because the driver had a few cocktails. New York State Police that were on patrol conducting the checkpoint on State Route 23 in Greenport, early Saturday morning, noticed something suspicious when a Claverack man was driving through the checkpoint. The troopers reported that they saw a clear bag that had some white powder in it on the driver’s lap.


The Troopers then told the driver, Luis E. Padilla to park his vehicle. Padilla cooperated with the Troopers, but just before he got out of his pickup truck, he allegedly tried to get rid of the bag of powder. Padilla’s action was noticed by the Troopers. It was determined that the white powder was cocaine. They then arrested Padilla, and charged him with several things including Fourth Degree Criminal Possession Of A Controlled Substance, and Tampering With Evidence.

According to the story from CBS 6 Albany, Padilla was sent to the Columbia County Jail after his arraignment in the Greenport Town Court. He has another court date on June 1.