3 Rochester men arrested with nearly 3 lbs. of cocaine in car

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Ricardo Almenteros, 52, Ricardo Almenteros, 19, and Edward Pearce, 24, were found to have 2.8 pounds of cocaine, according to State Police. (Photos: NYSP)

Plattekill, N.Y. (WHAM) – Three men from Rochester were arrested early Sunday morning after State Police said they had nearly three pounds of cocaine in their vehicle

State Police said they stopped a vehicle on I-87 around 2:40 a.m. in the town of Plattekill, located approximately 15 miles southwest of Poughkeepsie.

While talking with the driver, 19-year-old Ricardo Almenteros, about the equipment violation for which he was stopped, troopers said they found probable cause to search the vehicle.

Almenteros, along with his two passengers - 52-year-old Ricardo Almenteros and 24-year-old Edward Pearce - were found to have 2.8 pounds of cocaine.

All three were arrested and charged with felony first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The elder Ricardo Almenteros was charged with felony violation of probation or parole. The young Ricardo Almenteros was charged with a vehicle and traffic violation.

All three men were arraigned and remanded to the Ulster County Jail with no bail.