A Rochester man was found guilty of possessing crack cocaine in Cayuga County.
Following a week-long jury trial in Cayuga County Court, Sid S. Harrison, 37, of 1140 Norton Ave., was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was acquitted of a felony third-degree possession charge, defense attorney Ryan Muldoon said.
On Sept. 30, 2016, Harrison and co-defendant Michael Hitchcock were pulled over during a traffic stop when the Auburn Police Department said officers discovered drugs. At the time, police said Harrison was in possession of one small bag containing nearly a gram of powdered cocaine and 10 individually wrapped rocks of crack cocaine.
Harrison fled from police on foot, but was soon apprehended in the backyard of an Auburn residence. He was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, a misdemeanor.
Meanwhile, Hitchcock, of 710 Franklin Mountain Road, Otego, was arrested later at his ex-girlfriend's home. Police said he stole her vehicle and violated an order of protection against her. He was charged with two misdemeanors.
At trial, Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann cited the defendant's history of selling cocaine in the county, but the jury acquitted Harrison of the felony possession charge that would have indicated intent to sell.
In June 2001, Harrison was convicted of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class C felony. He was sentenced to three to six years in prison.
Then, in January 2013, Harrison admitted to selling $200 worth of cocaine to a confidential informant. He was sentenced to two to four years in prison for one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, both felonies.
Harrison was additionally convicted on Friday of obstructing governmental administration (for running from police); aggravated unlicensed operation (for driving on a suspended license); and a traffic infraction.
Harrison is still facing a pair of felony drug charges stemming from a separate incident.