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

ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man was indicted Thursday morning on 15 charges after police say they found drugs and guns in his vehicle last week.

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Corbin Whyte, 31, of Ithaca, was pulled over near the intersection of West Seneca and North Albany streets when police officers recognized him for having an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Officers said they found more than $1,000 in cash, prescription pills, seven guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in the vehicle.


The indictment states that Whyte faces the following charges:

— Second-degree criminal possession of a weapon (7 counts)

— Third-degree criminal possession of a weapon (6 counts)

— Fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon

— Third-degree criminal possession of  controlled substance

Photo provided by the Ithaca Police Department

The weapons charges, according to the document, stem from possessing the guns outside of the home and because Whyte is not permitted to own guns due to a previous felony conviction.

At a bail hearing Tuesday, a Tompkins County judge noted that Whyte has previously been convicted of two felonies and five misdemeanors.

Corbin Whyte

The judge also said that despite Whyte appearing in court to face murder charges — which the defendant beat in court three times — parole violations and a bench warrant for his arrest did not assure the court that Whyte would appear to face the charges.

He is currently being held at the Tompkins County Jail without bail.

His attorney Edward Goehler can file for another bail review, however, because of his client’s indictment.

Goehler said in court that Whyte is unlikely to accept a plea in this case and should be released on bail pending a trial.

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Jolene Almendarez

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