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Nathan Schutte had 3 kids, large stash of drugs in car, cops say

An Orange County man and two people from Pennsylvania are due in court Wednesday after allegedly keeping a large stash of drugs -- including crack cocaine and a pound of marijuana -- in their car while three young kids were in the backseat, State Police at Tarrytown said.

The arrests stem from a Saturday traffic stop, when troopers pulled over the driver of a Toyota Camry on the New York State Thruway near Exit 14A in Chestnut Ridge.

Inside were three adults and three young children, ranging in age from 5 to 10 years old, cops said.

After what police described as "a probable-cause search," troopers said they found 2 ounces of powder cocaine, a pound of marijuana and 2 grams of crack. Police did not describe the probable cause and said only that they stopped the car "for vehicle and traffic violations."

Nathan Schutte, 30, the father of the three children, was charged with two felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance as well as three counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. Billy Foster, 32, of Liberty, was charged with second-degree marijuana possession and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, as well as three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Angela Wylie, 20, also was charged with three counts of child endangerment. Both Schutte and Wylie are from Honesdale, Pa., cops said.

Although Wylie was released after his arraignment, Judge David Stein of Ramapo Town Court sent Schutte and Foster to Rockland County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail each. They're due back in Chestnut Ridge court at 9 a.m. Wednesday, and Wylie is scheduled for an April 14 court appearance. It was not clear whether the suspects had retained attorneys.

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