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Rochester employee indicted on drug charge

A federal grand jury in Rochester has returned a one-count indictment charging Christopher Kendrick, 37, of Rochester, with possession of five kilograms or more of cocaine he intended to sell.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, a $10 million fine or both.

Kendrick, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank H. Sherman, was arrested on Feb. 4 after his vehicle was stopped by state police on I-490 near Chili. According to the indictment, a search of the vehicle uncovered 24 kilograms of cocaine in a hidden compartment. At the time of his arrest, the defendant was employed by the city of Rochester as an operations worker. Kendrick has been ordered held by U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson, pending trial.