Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Utica man Friday for allegedly possessing over an eighth-ounce of crack-cocaine for sale, according to a recent media release.

Joseph Nathan Williams, 35, who was on parole for fifth-degree possession charges stemming from a 2010 incident, was arrested following a traffic stop in Richfield Springs, deputies said. Information had recently developed that Williams was selling crack-cocaine in northern Otsego County.

Deputies and Oneonta Police Department investigators, along with Utica-based parole officers, conducted surveillance and stopped Williams on US-20, the release said. Approximately four grams of individually packaged crack-cocaine was seized from Williams.

Williams was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, as well as third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, deputies said.

Williams was arraigned by Judge James M. Marzeski and sent to the Otsego County Correctional Facility without bail because of his three previous felony convictions, deputies said. If convicted, Williams faces up to 15 years to life in prison due to his criminal history. He is scheduled to return to the Town of Richfield Court on Wednesday night for a felony hearing, the release said.

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