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.