UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The Utica Police Department is reporting that a man has been given multiple charges for possessing a controlled substance after allegedly being caught violating his parole on August 3rd.

According to police, on Wednesday, the UPD Special Investigations Division was notified by the NYS Parole Division that they had Rafael Morales of Utica in custody at the Red Roof Inn in Utica for alleged parole absconding.

When officers arrived on the scene, a search was done of Morales, and heroin, a digital scale, and packaging material consistent with the distribution of heroin were allegedly found in his possession.

Morales was then arrested without incident and charged with the following:

  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the Third Degree
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the Seventh Degree
  • Two counts of Criminal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree
  • NYS Parole Absconder Warrant