On Tuesday, January 15, 35-year-old Michael J. Rich was arrested by Saugerties Police on the misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.
Police did not have to look hard to find him. Rich was appearing in the Town of Saugerties Justice Court on an unrelated vehicle traffic matter when, according to a court officer, he dropped an item containing a powdery substance.
The substance was tested and revealed to be cocaine.
Rich was taken into custody by officers and processed at police headquarters. He was released by the Village of Saugerties Justice Court on his own recognizance and is scheduled to return to the Village of Justice Court on January 28 to answer the charge.