LANSING, N.Y. — An Ithaca attorney being charged with multiple felonies is accused of planting evidence — drugs — in a vehicle and making a false report to police about it.

Jeffrey W. Butcher, 53, is charged with felony perjury and tampering with evidence.

The Voice reported last week that Ithaca City Court records indicate that Butcher lied on the stand May 2 in the Tompkins County Family Court. He allegedly said in court that he did not use a Tracfone to report drugs in a white Hyundai at the airport to a Tompkins County 911 dispatcher. New York State Police alleging that evidence exists to prove otherwise.

Related: Ithaca attorney charged with felony tampering with evidence, perjury

Lansing court records recently made available show that a white powdery substance, an orange powdery substance, orange and pink pills, and a green leafy substance “that had the appearance and odor” of marijuana were found in a white Hyundai located at the Tompkins Regional Airport.

Butcher is being accused of planting those items in the vehicle and falsely reporting to a Tompkins County 911 dispatcher that he saw a vehicle  “chock full of drugs” in the airport long-term parking lot on Feb. 15.

According to the documents, the vehicle belongs to Tompkins County Legislator Michael Sigler.

State police indicate that multiple 911 calls, an audio recorded phone call, an affidavit, and a transcript of the defendant’s testimony are among evidence in the case.

Butcher was arraigned in the town of Lansing Court where he pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was released on his own recognizance.

Featured photo by Brian Turner of Flickr. 

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.