Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of four (4) subjects on drug related charges after a traffic stop on the Interstate.
On September 9, 2019 Deputy Shawn Whitford was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative when he stopped a vehicle on East Avon Lima Road (State Route 5&20) in the Town of Avon after observing a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law on Interstate 390.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as 33 year old Shauna Paul from Warsaw NY. The Deputy Sheriff suspected that Paul, and her passengers, were involved in drug activity and conducted a roadside drug investigation. Paul also had a suspended non-driver ID only for a prior DWAI drugs charge.
The roadside investigation revealed a quantity of concentrated cannabis as well as leaf marijuana and a known “cutting agent” for powdered cocaine. Following the discovery of the drugs all occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest for the possession of the concentrated cannabis. Paul was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 2nd Degree.
Alexander Gravesandy, age 32 from Rochester, NY was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.
Ashley K. Harper, age 18 from Warsaw, NY was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.
The final passenger, Kasi M. Geffers, age 30 from Dansville NY was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree. The Deputy Sheriff also had suspicion that Geffers was concealing narcotics to prevent their detection. Geffers was ultimately found to be in possession of over two (2) grams of powder cocaine and she was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (B Felony) as well as Tampering with Physical Evidence.
All subjects were taken to the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted and a bail recommendation of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond was suggested for Geffers. All of the subjects were later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part
(LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Lima Justice Harold Harris. The Judge release Paul, Gravesandy and Harper on their own recognizance.
The Judge set bail for Geffers at $1,500 cash or $2,500 bond.
Assisting with the roadside investigation were Deputy Michael Telesca and Deputy Morganne Harrington.
Harper Paul Gravesandy Geffers