Traffic stop leads to felony drug charges for Niverville man


Kinderhook, NY- Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that a Niverville man was arrested on Tuesday March 19, 2019 for a felony drug charge after a vehicle stop for a traffic infraction on County Route 28 in the Town of Kinderhook.

On March 19, 2019 at approximately 3:39pm, Deputy Steven Rose was on routine patrol and observed a 2006 Kia traveling westbound on County Route 28 with a registration violation. The Deputy initiated a traffic stop and approached the vehicle where he encountered two occupants. During the traffic stop, the passenger attempted to conceal and then destroy illegal drugs that were in his possession. Deputies located and recovered approximately 4.8 grams of cocaine and about 4.9 grams of heroin.

William T. Hines, 48, of Niverville N.Y., was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree (Class C Felony), Tampering with Physical Evidence (Class E Felony), and Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree (Class A Misdemeanor). Mr. Hines was arraigned before the Honorable Judge Dellehunt in Kinderhook Town Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail with no bail. The defendant is scheduled to appear in Kinderhook Town Court on March 25, 2019.

The driver of the vehicle, 31 year old Nathan Pfeiffer of Elizaville NY, was arrested for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree (Class U Misdemeanor) and not having two license plates (Traffic Infraction). He was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Kinderhook Town Court on April 9, 2019.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office is assisting with this case.

Assisting Deputy Rose were Sergeant Eli Fieser, Deputy Ryen Boehme, and Investigator Patrick Logue of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement and Education Unit

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