Kentisha Harris and Jahearl Martin

ITHACA, N.Y. – A Saturday morning traffic stop led to two arrests after police found heroin and marijuana in a vehicle in Ithaca.


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Police pulled over a vehicle near the intersection of North Albany and West Buffalo streets after the driver committed a traffic violation, said spokesman Jamie Wiliamson, of the Ithaca Police Department. He said officers at the scene smelled a “strong odor” of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Police said Jahearl Martin, 37, of Rochester, was in possession of 168 bags of heroin and a small amount of marijuana. He’s charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and a violation for unlawful possession of marijuana.

Passenger Kentisha Harris, 30, of Rochester, was charged with a misdemeanor for false impersonation after she gave police a fake name during the investigation, police said.

Kentisha Harris and Jahearl Martin

Another passenger fled from the vehicle and has not been apprehended and a third passenger was released from the scene without being charged, police said.

Harris posted $225 cash bail and was released on an appearance ticket. Martin was arraigned later that day and is being held at the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of posting $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

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