AVON – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people on drug charges for allegedly possessing and unsuccessfully hiding crack cocaine.
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According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Ryan Ross, 21, Sarah Barnes, 22, and James Price, 24, all of Bath, were all charged with misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree. All face additional charges for what allegedly happened during the investigation.
On March 19, Deputy Shawn Whitford stopped a vehicle for an alleged violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Lawon 390 and alleged that the three occupants of the vehicle were in possession of crack cocaine as well as numerous items of drug paraphernalia. The driver, Ross, and two passengers, Barnes, and Price, were all taken into custody.
Deputy Jerry Pilkenton and Sgt. Ryan Swanson with his K-9 partner Gibbs arrived at the scene to assist and to conduct a search of the vehicle. After K-9 Gibbs alerted to areas of the vehicle, the deputies alleged that Sarah Barnes had attempted to conceal additional crack and it was recovered by the deputies.
The deputies also alleged that James Price was in possession of a hypodermic needle, so he faced an additional charge of misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.
Ryan Ross allegedly tried to destroy evidence of more crack cocaine by eating a bag of it and was charged with the felony Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Price, Ross, and Barnes were turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention.
When inside the Livingston County Jail, Barnes was found to be in possession of more crack cocaine. She was charged with felony Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree and an additional charge of misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.
The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail on the felony charges. The DA’s Office recommended bail be set at $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond for Barnes and $4,000 cash or $8,000 bond for Ross.
Avon Town Justice Michael Torregiano arraigned all three defendants.
The Judge ordered Barnes held at the Livingston County Jail on $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond, Ross held on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond and Price held on $300 cash or $600 bond.
Geneseo Village Justice Kathleen Houston arraigned Barnes on the contraband charges and ordered her held at the Livingston County Jail on an additional $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond.