The following is a republished press release from the Ithaca Police Department and NOT written by the Ithaca Voice … contact me at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com.

On June 6th, 2016 at about 7:32 pm an IPD officer initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle in the 800 block of W.Buffalo St. for a NYSVTL infraction.

The operator of the vehicle, later identified as Khalifa Middleton was found to be operating a motor vehicle with a loud muffler and operating the vehicle with a permit only. While speaking with Middleton, officers smelled the odor of marihuana inside the vehicle.

Middleton and 2 passengers were ultimately found to be in possession of approximately 26 grams of crack cocaine, 6 grams of heroin and several thousand dollars in U.S. Currency.

A fourth passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Rochelle Landon, was arrested for having two outstanding Bench Warrants issued by Ithaca City Court.

All 4 suspects were transported to Ithaca Police Headquarters for processing.

As a result of the traffic stop the following charges have been filed against the following people:

  • Defendant: Khalifa PL Middleton
  • Age: 20
  • Address: Mount Vernon, NY
  • Charges: 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled substance in the Third Degree, Class B Felony and NYSVTL violations.
  • Middleton was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Scott Miller and ROR (released on recognizance) for return to Ithaca City Court at a later date.
  • Defendant: Denzel N. Daniels
  • Age: 20
  • Address: Ithaca, NY
  • Charges: 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled substance in the Third Degree, Class B Felony
  • Daniels was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Scott Miller and remanded to Tompkins County Jail on $3000 cash bail or $6000 bond for return to Ithaca City Court on the 10th June 2016.
  • Defendant: Martese R. Jackson
  • Age: 19
  • Address: Mount Vernon, NY
  • Charges: 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled substance in the Third Degree, Class B Felony Jackson was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Scott Miller and ROR for return to Ithaca City Court at a later date.
  • Defendant: Rochelle N. Landon
  • Age: 22
  • Address: Ithaca, NY
  • Charges: The aforesaid Bench Warrants charging her with: False Personation, Class B Misdemeanor and Theft of Services, Class A Misdemeanor.
  • Landon was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Scott Miller and remanded to Tompkins County Jail on $1500 cash bail or $3000 bond for return to Ithaca City Court on the 10th June 2016.

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.