ITHACA,N.Y. — Police said a man is in custody after officers found guns and drugs during a traffic stop in Ithaca Monday evening.

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Corbin D. Whyte

A tan vehicle was pulled over at 5:03 p.m. near the intersection of West Seneca and North Albany streets. The driver, Corbin D. Whyte, had a warrant out for his arrest and officers said they smelled marijuana in his vehicle.

They also said a handgun was”immediately noticed” in the driver’s side door pocket of the vehicle.

Whyte, 31, of Ithaca, is facing felony charges for two counts to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said additional charges are pending.

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The following is a news release about the incident by Ithaca police: 

On 03/28/16 at approximately 5:03 pm at the intersection of W Seneca and Albany St. Officers stopped a vehicle being driven by Corbin Whyte. Whyte was known by Officers of this agency to have an active arrest warrant at the time of his stop. Whyte’s vehicle had a strong odor of burned marijuana coming from inside, and he was placed under arrest.

Officers began a search of Whyte’s vehicle and immediately noticed what appeared to be a handgun in the driver’s side door pocket. The vehicle was then impounded, and a search warrant was applied for.

Once the search warrant was obtained the vehicle was later searched at the Ithaca Police Department. The results of the search are as follows:

  • 7 Guns in total: one fully loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, one fully loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun, 2 revolvers, one pistol grip 12 gauge shotgun, one .223 caliber AR15 assault rifle with 2 fully loaded 30 round magazines and one fully loaded 10 round magazine, and one suppressed .22 caliber assault rifle.
  • Hundreds of rounds of various handgun, rifle, and shotgun ammunition.
  • Numerous pill bottles filled with various scheduled controlled substances.
  • Over $1000 in cash.

Whyte was arraigned in Ithaca City Court by the honorable Judge Wallace and was remanded without bail to the Tompkins County Jail.

Police officers pull over a vehicle near the intersection of West Seneca and North Albany streets in Ithaca. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice
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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.