Sen. Charles Schumer is placing his Hudson Valley regional director on leave while authorities investigate drug charges against him.
The director, 32-year-old Cody Peluso, of Carmel, was pulled over by police on Monday in Stony Point and charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to Stony Point Police Lt. Keith Williams.
Officers stopped Peluso for driving with a suspended registration. Police searched his vehicle and found two tablets of a prescription pain killer, one sedative and 200 anabolic steroids, Williams said.
Schumer was shocked and saddened by the news of Peluso's arrest, said Angelo Roefaro, a spokesman for the senator.
Peluso is free on $100 bail and scheduled to appear in court in June.
A message left by The Associated Press at a number listed in public records for Peluso wasn't returned.