Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty advises the arrest of a Geneseo man following a traffic stop. The resident, after lab analysis, was in possession of crack cocaine.
William Rochester, age 66, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree. This incident occurred on February 21, 2020 when Deputy Jerry Pilkenton was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative. The Deputy Sheriff stopped a vehicle after observing a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Rochester was identified as the driver of the vehicle and was found to be in possession of suspected crack cocaine. Deputies did not charge Rochester on scene and instead set him free to comply with newly enacted discovery laws.
The drugs that were collected were sent to a forensic lab for testing. The results later revealed that the suspected crack tested positive for cocaine.
On May 9th Rochester was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and issued an appearance ticket for the charge as the offense did not qualify for arraignment or for bail to be set under the NYS Justice Reform Act. Rochester is to answer to the charge in the Town of Geneseo Court at a later date.
Deputy Michael Donals assisted with the investigation.
Rochester was also arrested on May 9th from a prior drug related incident from January 7th.