29 July 2021
Major Carla A. DiRienzo
Troop T Commander



Coxsackie, NY – On July 27, 2021, just before noon, State Police stopped a car on I-87 in the town of Coxsackie for a vehicle and traffic violation.  A preliminary investigation determined that the driver of the vehicle, Shante Pleasant, 33, of Bronx, NY, did not have a valid driver’s license.  Prior to towing the 2008 Dodge Charger, a vehicle inventory was conducted.  During the inventory, Troopers discovered approximately 718.5 grams (25.3 ounces) of cocaine concealed inside her baby’s diaper bag.  She was traveling with her 13-year-old and 7-month-old daughters in the vehicle. 

Pleasant was taken into custody, transported, and processed at SP Albany where she was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree; a Class A Felony and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell 3rd degree; a Class B Felony, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child; a Class A Misdemeanor.

Pleasant and her daughters were then transported to the Town of Coxsackie Court where the children were turned over to a relative.  Pleasant was arraigned and subsequently remanded to the Greene County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 29, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.



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