The man arrested in the largest cocaine bust ever in the Rochester area is a snow plow driver for the City of Rochester. Christopher Kendrick is in federal custody today. A law enforcement source confirmed that Kendrick works in the Department of Environmental Services.
Here are details from Kendrick's arrest:
The vehicle (driven by Kendrick, according to the complaint) was stopped on Interstate 490 near Chili. The New York State trooper says while he was talking with the driver, he also notice an open bible, a tree air freshener and a GPS, items the trooper says he has learned from his colleagues can be potential indicators a person is transporting a controlled substance. (Note: law enforcement says they know drug couriers often use those items, especially the bible, as a way to try to throw police off.)
According to court papers, the New York State trooper conducted a canine search and the dog alerted him to something in the back of the vehicle. When troopers searched the back, they found cellophane bricks containing cocaine. There were 24 in all. The trooper says the cocaine was hidden by diapers and clothing. The driver, Christopher Kendrick, was taken into custody.
U.S. Attorney Bill Hochul says this and two other seizures prior represent more than a million dollars' worth of illegal street drugs.
William Hochul. US Attorney, said, "For each kilogram, there is 1000 grams or 2,000 individual hits. Multiplied by these numbers of seizures of kilos, you can see there are well over 100,000 individual usages that these seizures represent that will not be flooding the streets of Rochester."