23 July 2021
Major Carla A. DiRienzo
Troop T Commander


Albany, NY – On July 22, 2021, at approximately 4:10 p.m., State Police stopped a vehicle on I-87 in the city of Albany for a vehicle and traffic violation.  While interviewing the occupants of the 2013 Dodge Dart, consent to search the vehicle was granted.  Troopers utilized a K9 unit on the exterior of the vehicle, which alerted to the presence of narcotics.  During the interior vehicle search, Trooper’s discovered a Springfield XD .45 Caliber handgun along with a Springfield .45 Caliber magazine loaded with 13 rounds.  A passenger of the vehicle, Laron T. Cintron, 23, of Hubbard, OH, claimed ownership of the gun.  He did not possess a New York State Pistol Permit and was taken into custody. 

Troopers also discovered approximately 56.2 grams of cocaine concealed inside clothing belonging to passenger, Leonard S. Cintron, 26, of Bronx, NY.  He claimed ownership of the drugs found in the vehicle.  After he was taken into custody, an additional 94.1 grams of cocaine was located on his person.  The driver of the Dodge Dart was not charged and was issued Vehicle and Traffic Tickets and released from the scene.

The pair were transported to SP Albany and processed, before being arraigned in front of the City of Albany Court. 

Laron T. Cintron was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree (loaded firearm); a Class C Felony.  He was released after posting bail that was set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. 

Leonard S. Cintron was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree; a Class A Felony and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree with Intent to Sell; a Class B Felony.  He was remanded to Albany County Jail without bail due to three previous felony convictions.  A preliminary hearing for both men is scheduled for July 28, 2021 in the City of Albany Court. 



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