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Buffalo man arrested on Thruway with 4 pounds of cocaine, 2 guns

Allens R. Batista Rivera (Photo courtesy State Police)

A Buffalo man was a passenger in a car pulled over on the Thruway Wednesday night with more than 4 pounds of cocaine and two loaded handguns inside, according to the State Police.

Allens R. Batista Rivera, 37, and the driver, Juan Rodriguez, 37, of Syracuse, were stopped at 9:37 p.m. on the Interstate-90 in the town of Schodack in Rensselaer County. A search of their vehicle revealed the illegally possessed guns and the cocaine, police said.

Each were charged with first-, third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, police said. Rodriguez was ticketed for vehicle and traffic violations, police said.

Both men were held without bail in the Rensselaer County Jail and are scheduled to appear in Schodack Town Court on Tuesday.

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