AVON – Two Rochester men with active warrants for their arrests were arrested for felony drug possession after a routine traffic stop by a Livingston County Deputy Sheriff on 390 for a Loud Muffler violation.
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, on Feb. 28, at approximately 6:06 p.m., Daren Floyd, 35, and Antoine Richards, 30, were arrested by Deputy Shawn Whitford of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office after a traffic stop on Interstate 390 in the Town of Avon on a vehicle that he observed having a loud exhaust.
During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Floyd’s driver’s license was shown to be suspended a total of 30 times. Floyd was also shown to be wanted on a warrant that was issued by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Floyd was placed into custody and charged with numerous Vehicle and Traffic Law violations that included Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree, a class E Felony.
Deputy Whitford also spoke to the passenger in the vehicle, identified as Richards. Richards admitted that he too had an active warrant for his arrest that was issued by the Elmira Police Department. Deputy Whitford placed Richards in custody. During a search it was discovered that Richards was in possession of seven plastic bags with a white substance in it that later tested positive for cocaine. Richards was also in possession of several small bags of marihuana. Richards was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a violation and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B Felony.
Both men were processed and taken before Judge Piampiano in Avon Town Court for arraignment. Floyd was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 secured bond. Richards was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on no bail due to past felony convictions. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was advised of the arrest. Both men are scheduled to appear in Avon Town Court at a later date.
The investigation and arrest was handled by Deputy Shawn Whitford with the assistance of Deputy Paul Ricotta, both of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
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