New York Democratic Legislator Anthony J. Arquiett was arrested for possession of cocaine and intoxicated driving charges.
The arrest makes him the second Democrat politician in St. Lawrence County to be charged with cocaine possession in a year.
Upstate New York Democrat Legislator Anthony J. Arquiett, 56, was arrested earlier this month on cocaine possession and intoxicated driving charges, marking the second DEM politician in St. Lawrence County to be charged with cocaine possession in a year https://t.co/jYVCEExFqo
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A Cocaine Problem
“North Country elected Democrats have a cocaine and crime problem,” New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, who also serves in the district, told The New York Post.
“It is a disgrace that Arquiett refuses to resign and that fellow elected Democrats are silent,”she added.
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The arrest occurred on Dec. 5 after a two-crash when Arquiett had been drinking and in possession of cocaine.
The arrest was captured on video. The video appears to show the Democrat resisting arrest at the scene of the crime.
Arquiett was then taken into custody at gunpoint and his rights were read to him.
“The incident comes about a year after then-mayor of Messena Village Tim Currier was arrested by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) on December 1, 2020, according to a release from the sheriff’s office,” according to reports.
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The latest arrest is complicated by the fact that it is not the only one. Both were also among area Democrats, a concern for the party as the nation looks to elections next November.