Initially stopped for not wearing a seatbelt, three people are now facing more serious charges, according to the New York State Police. It stems from a traffic stop on Burdeck Street in Rotterdam Wednesday night around 8:30 p.m.
Troopers say the 2001 red Honda Accord went by him and he saw the passenger was not wearing he seatbelt. By the time he turned around, they had pulled into a driveway. The driver hopped out of the car and walked toward the back of the house.
The front passenger, Michelle Bashford, 33, of Troy gave Troopers a false name but when it was run in the DMV database and didn’t show up, Troopers became suspicious, they said in a statement. Eventually Troopers found heroin on her and after she gave them her real name and they found she was wanted in Albany and Clifton Park, police said.
When they searched the car, they found several hypodermic needles, some with heroin residue, plus a crack pipe and other drug paraphernalia. Those turned out to belong to the third person in the car, Vincent Grassia, police said.
Bashford was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance (7th Degree) and false personation, both misdemeanors. Grassia, 36, of Rotterdam was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance (7th Degree) and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument, both misdemeanors.
The driver, Brendon Glenn, 29, of Troy was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Rotterdam Police and the Schenectady County Sheriffs responded to assist.