March 22, 2013

City Police: Two caught with cocaine


---- — PLATTSBURGH — Two local men were found with cocaine hidden in their bodies after a recent traffic stop.

One of them has two previous first-degree robbery convictions, said Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Pat Rascoe.

An earlier investigation led City Police to believe Oscar Bermudez, 38, of Plattsburgh and Kyle Bowman, 22, of Cadyville were in possession of drugs, Rascoe said.

On the afternoon of March 9, City Police stopped a vehicle they were riding in near Skyway Plaza.

A U.S. Border Patrol dog was used to determine Bermudez and Bowman had drugs on them, the lieutenant said.

Bermudez had more than an ounce of cocaine hidden in his rectum, and Bowman had just under an ounce of cocaine in his rectal cavity, Rascoe said.

The roughly two ounces of cocaine have a street value of about $6,000, he said.

City Police also confiscated an undisclosed amount of cash from Bermudez and Bowman.

Bowman was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony.

Bermudez was arrested a few hours later on the same charge.

They were both arraigned in City Court. Bermudez was sent to Clinton County Jail without bail, due to prior felony convictions, and Bowman was released pre-trial by the court, Rascoe said.

Bermudez’s case was transferred from Plattsburgh City Court to Clinton County Court on March 13, according to City Court, but no court date had been set as of Thursday.

Bowman is due to appear in City Court on April 3.


Bermudez was convicted of two New York City robberies, one in 1994 and the other in 2006, Rascoe said.

He originally went into state custody in May 1994, according to prison records.

Bermudez was released from Queensboro Correctional Facility in Long Island City into the custody of the state Division of Parole in May of 2009, according to the records.

He was discharged from parole about seven months later.

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