Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Monroe County resident on drug related charges following a traffic stop.
On October 4th, 2020 at about 11:15pm Sergeant Matthew Thomas was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative when he stopped a vehicle on Interstate 390 for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law. While the vehicle was pulling over, Sergeant Thomas did observe the driver discarding a white powdery substance from the driver’s side window, as well as a small plastic bag.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as Michael Economidis, age 39, from Rochester, NY. During the stop, the Sergeant did observe the white powdery substance on the side of the vehicle, prompting him to initiate a roadside drug investigation.
The roadside investigation revealed that Economidis was in possession of a quantity of suspected cocaine, which he had attempted to conceal from the Deputy Sheriff. A records check also revealed that Economidis was operating with a Non-Driver ID only and that his driving privileges in NYS had been revoked.
Economidis was released on scene, pending the lab results, and the suspected cocaine was sent to a forensic lab for testing.
On June 3rd, 2021 Deputy Jerry Pilkenton arrested and charged Economidis with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree, felony Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, as the lab results did return positive for cocaine.
Economidis was transported and turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention as the offenses did qualify for pre-arraignment detention under the NYS Justice Reform Act due to Economidis having two (2) previous felony convictions. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charges. It was recommended that Economidis be held without the possibility of bail.
Economidis was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Caledonia Judge Mark Riggi. The Judge did remand Economidis to the custody of the Sheriff to be held until further court proceedings.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office was present and represented Economidis at the court arraignment for his defense. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear to represent the people.
Assisting on scene for the Sheriff’s Office was Deputy Justin Hilt.