The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Drug Interdiction Team has reported they have arrested three people for suspected drug offenses. All three individuals are New York state residents, and all are facing drug crime charges. If they are found guilty, they could all see jail time commensurate with the severity of the charges filed against them.
According to the county sheriff, deputies arrested three people on July 19 after a routine traffic stop took place on State Route 54 in Bath. Police say they stopped the vehicle because of an equipment violation, but further investigation led to a search of the vehicle. It is unclear what prompted officers on the scene to initiate the search, as no mention of their reasoning was made in the report.
A 56-year-old woman, a 61-year-old woman and a 17-year-old male were all charged after police say they found crack cocaine, an indeterminate amount of U.S. currency, drug paraphernalia and packaging materials in the vehicle. The two women each face a charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and have since been released. The underage male has been charged with felony criminal possession with intent to distribute, and he is being held against $50,000 bail in a county jail.
Drug crime charges of any severity can carry serious consequences if the accused person is found guilty, but this is particularly true of the young man in the vehicle who may be tried as an adult. However, New York prosecutors will have to rely on the evidence provided by police to attempt to prove the suspects’ guilt. Each accused person will be represented by his or her own criminal defense attorney, who will review the facts of the case in building a defense against each filed charge.