Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Mount Morris NY resident on drug related charges after a traffic stop.
On January 22, 2020 at approximately 4:45 pm, Deputy Jerry Pilkenton was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative when he stopped a vehicle near exit 9 of Interstate 390 for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as 32 year old Phillip R. Baylor. The Deputy Sheriff suspected that Baylor was involved in drug activity and conducted a drug investigation.
The roadside investigation revealed that the suspect was in possession of suspected crack cocaine. A records check also revealed that Baylor was operating the vehicle with an expired driver’s license and a suspended vehicle registration.
The suspected crack cocaine was secured as evidence and was sent to a forensic lab for testing. Baylor was released pending the outcome of lab results.
On June 23 ,2020 Baylor was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree after lab results showed the suspected crack tested positive for cocaine. Baylor was also issued traffic tickets for the Vehicle and Traffic Law violations which included Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle.
Baylor was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and released on appearance tickets to return to the Town of Avon Court at a later date as the offenses did not qualify for arraignment under the NYS Justice Reform Act.
Deputy Michael Phillips and Deputy Justin Hilt assisted with the investigation.