Schenectady man faces drug charges after stop

A Schenectady man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop.

Ricky G. Rickson, 53, was stopped by troopers on State Street for a traffic violation. State Police determined he did not have a valid driver’s license.

Rickson ran away from police but was quickly caught with help from the Schenectady Police Department.

Police found felony-weight narcotics, multiple controlled substances and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. They also found a large concrete figurine that had been reported stolen from outside a Schenectady home on Feb. 19, State Police said.

Rickson is facing several charges, including criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of stolen property, criminally using drug paraphernalia, manufacturing drug-related paraphernalia, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration and traffic violations.

He was transported to Schenectady County Jail to await arraignment.

The stolen property will be returned to its owner.