Man arrested for meth possession after he's spotted driving suspiciously in parking garage

July 11, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

Ithaca police say Elias W. Rogers, a 21-year-old City of Ithaca resident, was arrested early Thursday morning after an IPD officer on foot patrol saw "erratic and suspicious operation" of vehicles in the Seneca Street parking garage.

Elias Rogers, arrested for meth possession. Photo courtesy of IPD.Elias Rogers, arrested for meth possession. Photo courtesy of IPD.An IPD release says the officer on the scene believed the occupants of the vehicles might be engaged in a drug deal, and alerted fellow officers on duty at the time when one of the vehicles left the garage. Another police officer stopped the car in the 100 block of East Clinton Street shortly thereafter. 

Police identified the driver of the vehicle as Elias Rogers, arrested him for driving while intoxicated, and determined that he had about 15 grams of methamphetamine in his possession, "packaged in a manner consistent with intent to sell."

Rogers was arraigned in Ithaca City Court on Thursday afternoon on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony; driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content greater than or equal to .08%, both misdemeanors; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. He was remanded to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

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