The mayor of a small village in New York State was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly possessing crack cocaine, police said.
Mayor Tim Currier Massena, according to authorities, was overthrown after a brief police chase in a village near the Canadian border at about 12:25 p.m.
The 55-year-old Currier was targeted as part of a secret investigation into drug sales and possession, the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said.
As Currier fled from the police, he is accused of pushing a gram of crack into the passenger’s window.
He was charged with committing a regulated substance crime, manipulating material evidence, and failing to comply with a police officer.
The mayor was remotely brought to justice on Tuesday and ordered at a later date by James Phillips, a town court judge in Morristown.
Currier has been mayor of Massena since 2014. Prior to that, he was head of the Massena Police Station.