NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Michael J. Drake
Troop K Commander
Scarsdale, New York – On March 8, 2021, the New York State Police from the Hawthorne barracks arrested Rafael Batista, age 40, of Waterbury, CT, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 1st degree, a class A-I felony, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, a class B felony, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd degree, a class C felony, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd degree, a class D felony, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, a class A misdemeanor, and Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device, a class B misdemeanor.
At approximately 9:55 a.m., Troopers initiated a traffic stop of a 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law on the Hutchinson River Parkway in the town of Scarsdale. Investigation determined Rafael Batista was in possession of approximately 2 kilograms of cocaine, a large amount of cash, and an illegally 9MM Smith & Wesson handgun.
Rafael Batista was arraigned before the town of Scarsdale Court and remanded to the Westchester County Jail in lieu of $30,000 cash or $50,000 secure bond.