Three Monroe County residents are facing drug charges, and one is also facing a pair of felonies, including a weapon-related charge, following a traffic stop on Interstate 390.
Deputy Jerry Pilkenton, while assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative, made the stop on March 9 for an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law. During the stop, the deputy suspected the occupants were involved in drug activity and initiated a roadside drug investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The investigation alleged that Tyrone L. Graham, 45, of Rochester, the driver of the vehicle, and Jason R. Martin, 50, of Rochester, were in possession of a quantity of suspected cocaine. Another passenger, Shannon C. Miller, 40, of Rochester, was allegedly in possession of a switchblade, which is a prohibited weapon under state Penal Law. Miller was also allegedly in possession of a quantity of suspected cocaine, fentanyl and Suboxone, as well as other drug paraphernalia, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Miller also attempted to conceal evidence from the deputy during the investigation, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The suspected drugs were later tested and confirmed, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A records check also revealed that Miller was wanted by another law enforcement agency.
Miller was arrested and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felony tampering with physical evidence, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony.
Graham and Martin were each charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. They were processed by Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail and released with appearance tickets returnable at a later date to Town of Avon Court.
Miller was held for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office recommended that Miller be released on her own recognizance as the charges did not qualify for bail under the state Justice Reform Act.
Miller was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of North Dansville Justice David Werth, who released Miller on her own recognizance to return to court at a later date.
Miller was released from custody before being turned over to another law enforcement agency on the outstanding warrant.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Miller at her arraignment. The District Attorney’s Office did not appear at the arraignment.
Assisting on scene fort he Sheriff’s Office were deputies Mitchell McGee and Justin Hilt, ad Sgt. Scott Patterson.