On December 8, 2012, Frank Maldonado, 44, and David Colon, 33, were in a car pulled over by the New York State Police in Albany on 787. Troopers said they smelled marijuana and when they searched the car they found a bag of Bugles that appeared to be resealed. Instead of those cone-shaped corn chips, though, cops found 5.6 ounces of powdered cocaine. Colon admitted to having some marijuana and surrendered it to the Troopers, police said.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jasper Mills of the Street Crimes Unit in jury trial in front of Judge Thomas Breslin in Albany County Supreme Court. In a ruling late Wednesday evening, Feb. 19, the jury found them guilty.
Maldonado and Colon each were guilty of one Count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (2nd Degree, a Class A-II Felony), and one Count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (3rd Degree, a Class-B Felony). Colon was also found guilty of one Count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana (violation).
Maldonado faces up to 14 years in State Prison and Colon faces up to 10 years in State Prison when sentenced on April 2, 2014.