Acting Major R. Christopher West
Troop G Commander
On August 3, 2020, State Police arrested 60-year-old Martin L. Via of Hogansburg, for Criminal Possession of Marihuana 1st degree, a class C felony, and Conspiracy 4th degree, a class E felony. State Police also charged 22-year-old Cody Lazore of Hogansburg, for Conspiracy 4th degree, a class E felony, and the class A misdemeanors of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction of Governmental Administration 2nd degree, Fleeing an Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree, and Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree.
State Police stopped two vehicles on I-87 in Lake George Monday night, after both drivers were observed committing a series of traffic infractions. When a Trooper approached one of the vehicle, which was operated by Martin Via, they could smell the odor of marihuana coming from the interior. A subsequent search revealed that Via was in possession of approximately 100 pounds of marihuana, which was shrink wrapped and hidden in multiple duffle bags in the trunk of his car.
The second vehicle was operated by Cody Lazore who fled the scene. A vehicle pursuit was initiated and patrols pursued Lazore south on I-87 until he pulled into a u-turn in the area of exit 19 and came to a stop. A search of the vehicle revealed that Lazore was in possession of a quantity of concentrated cannabis.
Investigation determined that the men had been traveling together. Both were taken into custody and transported to SP Queensbury for processing. Via and Lazore were arraigned in Warren County Centralized Arraignment Part and released on their own recognizance. Both men are due in Lake George Town Court on August 6, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.