LIVINGSTON COUNTY –
INTERSTATE 390: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of two men on drug related
charges after a traffic stop. On October 3, 2018 Deputy Shawn Whitford 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.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as 47 year old Wayne A. Ayers from Granville Summit, PA. A driver’s license check revealed that Ayers was operating with his driving privileges suspended in New York State. The Deputy Sheriff also suspected that that Ayers and a passenger in the vehicle, 63 year old Willie J. Young from Rochester, NY were involved in drug activity. Further investigation by the Deputy Sheriff revealed that the driver, Ayers, was in possession of approximately 1.1 grams of fentanyl, along with hypodermic needles. The passenger, Young, was found to be in possession of approximately 3.5 grams of fentanyl.
Ayers was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 2nd Degree. Young was arrested and charged with felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (intent to sell) and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.
Ayers and Young were turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail
for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in
regards to Young’s bail due to the felony level charge. It was recommended that the Judge remand Young to the custody of the Sheriff without bail set due to having multiple prior felony convictions.
Ayers and Young were later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) before Town of Leicester Justice Henry Smith. The Judge remanded Wayne Ayers to the custody of the Sheriff on $750 cash bail or $1500 bond and remanded Willie Young to the custody of the Sheriff without the possibility of bail.