A parolee and his mother denied charges accusing them of selling and possessing cocaine.
Hours after the pair was arrested at their Auburn apartment early Thursday morning, Morris J. Bowman, 26, and Marilyn D. Harrington, 54, appeared in Cayuga County Court, where the mother-and-son duo — both clad in shackles and bright-orange jail jumpsuits — were arraigned.
Around 1:30 a.m., members of the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force and the Auburn Police Department picked up Bowman and Harrington at their 98 South St., apartment 4, home for allegedly selling narcotics.
Lt. Shawn Butler of the APD said Bowman initially ran from officers, but was captured soon after with the help of a police canine unit.
Bowman pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of fourth-degree conspiracy, all felonies. He was remanded into the custody of the Cayuga County Jail without bail.
Harrington pleaded not guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree conspiracy. She was released on her own recognizance.
Charles Thomas, Harrington's defense attorney, said his client drove her son to the alleged drug sale without knowing her son's intentions.
State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision records show that Bowman was released on parole March 17, 2011 after having served time at Auburn Correctional Facility for convictions in 2008 of second-degree robbery and criminal sale of a controlled substance.