Report: Aide to Democrat Chuck Schumer Arrested on Drug Charges

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.)
Sen. Chuck Schumer / AP

An aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) has reportedly been placed on leave after being arrested on drug charges.

The Associated Press, citing a spokesman for Schumer, reported Wednesday that Cody Peluso, who serves as Hudson Valley regional director for the New York senator, has been put on leave as authorities investigate the drug charges.

Peluso, 32, was pulled over on Monday by authorities in the town of Stony Point, New York, and subsequently arrested on charges of prescription pill and steroid possession, according to Lt. Keith Williams of the local police department.

The staffer was released on $100 bail. Peluso is due to appear in court in June. Schumer was reportedly surprised by the news of the arrest.

Schumer, who is up for reelection this year, is poised to take over for outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) as the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate.