LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A Scio, NY man was sentenced Tuesday morning in county court on serious drug charges stemming from his Halloween arrest by a Sheriff’s Deputy, and the arrest of his passenger, who had an active warrant for his arrest out of Pennsylvania.
Dusten Rhodes, 26, was sentenced to 4 months of weekends at the Livingston County Jail and 5 years of probation for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a C felony, and a muffler and exhaust system infraction, which was the original reason he was pulled over.
Rhodes and his passenger, Richard Darringer, 24, of Bolivar, NY, were pulled over for the exhaust system infraction on I-390 in Avon on Halloween and arrested after Deputy Shaun Whitford discovered that there were 93 bags of heroin inside the vehicle.
Darringer also had an active warrant for his arrest for Burglary charges out of Potter County, PA.
Rhodes was granted work release eligibility by the judge, leaving it up to the Sheriff’s Office to decide whether he can be released for short periods to do manual labor while supervised by Sheriff’s corrections officers.
Since Rhodes is a resident of Allegany County, the judge said that he would like to grant him a very limited license to drive to and from the jail, but will have to look closely at the rules regarding such an arrangement before doing so.
PHOTO CAPTION: Top – Dusten Rhodes. Bottom – Richard Darringer. (Photos/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)