CORRECTION — An earlier version of this story reported that more than half an ounce was found, however it was over an ounce.

ITHACA, N.Y. — A Groton man was indicted on drug charges Thursday morning in Tompkins County Court after he was allegedly found with the possession of more than an ounce of cocaine.

Shawn A. Payne, 33, was arrested by Ithaca Police on Dec. 29, 2016, after they reportedly found a backpack in Ithaca belonging to the defendant. Court documents say during a search of the backpack, police found a New York State license belonging to Payne, along with $1,654 dollars in cash and two knotted plastic bags containing a “white, chunky substance.”

Police continued to search the backpack and reported that a larger bag of the white substance was found, weighing approximately 27.36 grams. Court documents show that after running drug tests, the substance tested positive for cocaine. Police reported a total of 33.14 grams of cocaine was found in the backpack.

Payne is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.