Rogers. (Courtesy Ithaca Police Department)

Ithaca, N.Y. — An Ithaca man was arrested early Thursday morning after police discovered 15 grams of methamphetamines in his possession, according to Officer Jamie Williamson.

Here’s the account Williamson gave of the 1:29 a.m. arrest:

Elias Rogers, 21, was acting “erratic and suspicious” when driving a car inside the East Seneca Street Parking Garage. An on-foot police officer thought that he might be involved in a drug deal, and alerted other officers of her observation.

Elias Rogers. (Courtesy Ithaca Police Department)

Shortly after, another Ithaca police officer pulled over the suspicious vehicle and determined that Rogers, the driver, was intoxicated.

Police then found 15 grams of meth in Rogers’ possession “packaged in a manner consistent with intent to sell,” according to a release from the Ithaca Police Department.

Rogers was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony; misdemeanor DWI; another misdemeanor of driving with a Blood Alcohol Content greater than or equal to .08 of 1%; and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Rogers was held overnight at the Ithaca Police Department. He was placed at the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

Kyle Friend

A senior at Cornell University, Kyle covers the affordable housing crisis for the Ithaca Voice. Reach him through e-mail: