Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

CARMEL – A Putnam Valley man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop on the Taconic State Parkway.

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that Keith J. Matthews, aged 33, was arrested on Oct. 10 after deputies pulled him over on the Taconic State Parkway in Putnam Valley.

At about 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies observed Matthews allegedly speeding in a car on the parkway and conducted a vehicle and traffic stop.

During the course of the stop, deputies found that he was allegedly in possession of quantities of Oxycodone pills, Tamazepam pills, Suboxone and marijuana, all controlled substances for which he did not have a valid prescription, according to Sheriff Smith.

Matthews was charged with multiple counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the fourth degree a felony, and seventh degree, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, misdemeanors. He was also cited for speeding.

The defendant was arraigned before Carmel Town Justice Thomas Jacobellis, acting on behalf of the Putnam Valley Justice Court.

The judge remanded him to the county jail in lieu of $20,000.00 cash bail or $40,000.00 bail bond, pending further proceedings in the Putnam Valley Justice Court.

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