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Drugs, ammo found during traffic stop in Ithaca: Two face charges

In Ithaca, New York, a routine traffic stop by a Tompkins County Sheriff’s Deputy, due to a missing inspection sticker on a white Dodge Durango, led to the arrest of a passenger on outstanding warrants and a drug charge for the driver. Sheriff Derek Osborne identified the passenger as Kimberly Makinster, wanted for criminal possession of a weapon, and during the vehicle search, deputies found suspected cocaine and ammunition.


The driver, 44-year-old Damien D. Blackman of Ithaca, faces charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, while Makinster, 37, also from Ithaca, was apprehended based on her warrant. Both individuals are now facing legal repercussions as a result of the traffic stop, which unveiled the illegal items.

Sheriff Osborne highlighted the collaborative effort with the Ithaca Police Department in handling the case, suggesting that further charges could be pending as the investigation continues. This incident underscores the importance of routine traffic enforcement in uncovering and addressing more significant legal violations.