New York Mother Arrested For Stashing Large Amounts of Cocaine in Baby's Diaper Bag

A New York mother was recently arrested after police discovered that she was hiding large amount of cocaine in her baby's diaper bag.

In a recent press release, the New York State Police said that the incident occurred on Tuesday, July 27 around 12 p.m. local time, when state troopers conducted a traffic stop on Interstate-87 in the town of Coxsackie.

According to police, the vehicle was stopped by state troopers for a "vehicle and traffic violation."

After stopping the vehicle, a preliminary investigation led troopers to discover that the driver of the vehicle did not have a valid driver's license. The New York State Police identified the driver of the vehicle as 33-year-old Shante Pleasant, who is a resident of the Bronx. According to the press release, Pleasant was driving a 2008 Dodge Charger.

When state troopers discovered that Pleasant was not in possession of a valid driver's license, "a vehicle inventory was conducted," prior to towing the vehicle away from the incident.

According to the press release, while troopers were conducting the search of Pleasant's vehicle, they found large amounts of cocaine hidden in her baby's diaper bag. The New York State Police estimated Pleasant hid around 718.5 grams or 25.3 ounces of cocaine inside the baby's diaper bag.

The New York State Police said in the press release that Pleasant "was traveling with her 13-year-old and 7-month-old daughters in the vehicle."

After troopers discovered the cocaine hidden in the diaper bag, Pleasant was taken into custody, transported and processed at the New York State Police's Albany station.

According to the press release, Pleasant was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 1st degree; a Class A Felony and criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell in the 3rd degree; a Class B Felony. Additionally, due to the fact that Pleasant's two daughters were in the vehicle with her, troopers also charged her with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, which is a Class A Misdemeanor.

After being charged, Pleasant and her two daughters were transported to the Town of Coxsackie Court. Per the press release, both of Pleasant's daughters were turned over to another relative.

Pleasant was arraigned in the Town of Coxsackie Court and subsequently "remanded to the Greene County Jail" where she awaits a court hearing.

Newsweek was directed to the press release after reaching out to the New York State Police for comment.

A somewhat similar incident occurred in 2020, when a man and woman in Florida were arrested after police discovered a bag that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine hidden in a baby's diaper in their vehicle.

New York mother arrested for cocaine
A mother in New York was recently arrested by state troopers after they found large amounts of cocaine hidden in her baby's diaper bag. New York State Police/New York State Police