August 12, 2016

Ithaca Police Arrest Man for Possession of Drugs, Weapons, Stolen Articles

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Ithaca Police arrested Ithaca resident Benjamin Spradlin, 40, after finding drugs, weapons and possible stolen money in his vehicle, according to an Ithaca Police Department press release.

On Sunday, Aug. 7 at approximately 5:54 a.m., a commercial business in the 700 block of South Meadow Street reported a “suspicious person inside a parked motor vehicle,” who the police later identified as Spradlin, the release said.

Police searched Spradlin’s vehicle and found 26 grams of crack cocaine, eight grams of heroin, a stun gun, a “ninja” star and $8,050 in U.S. Savings Bonds believed to have been stolen in a local burglary, according to the release.

Spradlin’s vehicle was towed to the Ithaca police department where a search warrant was served, the release said. There the police also located a handgun, as well as several items believed to have been stolen in local burglaries.

Spradlin was arraigned in Ithaca City Court on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, the release said.

He was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail without bail, according to the release.