A Watertown man faces drug charges after crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $4,500 allegedly was found in his possession during a traffic stop Tuesday morning on Interstate 81.
Hakim T. Elquhir, 31, of 1212 Superior St., Apt. D14, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after nearly 2 ounces of the drug was found in a clear plastic bag next to his groin area, according to Watertown City Court documents.
A Jefferson County sheriffs deputy became suspicious after his police dog made a hit on the vehicle at 8:20 a.m., said Chris Cuppernell, supervisor of the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force.
A search warrant subsequently was issued and members of the drug task force searched the vehicle. Police said Mr. Elquhir, whom they described as a significant drug dealer, was returning from New York City.
He was arraigned before Watertown City Judge Eugene R. Renzi and was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building with bail set at $20,000. He also was cited with having a suspended license.