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AVON – A pair from Rochester and Leicester were arrested Thursday afternoon on 390 in the Town of Avon after an astute Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy saw the passenger of their vehicle throw something from his window which turned out to be baggies of heroin.
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, James Jachim, 24, of Rochester, and Carleigh Chappel, 29, of Leicester, were arrested when Deputy Shawn Whitford with his canine officer partner Utah pulled them over at about 3:40 p.m. for Following Too Closely, and Deputy Whitford suddenly saw something fly out of the window onto the side of the interstate.
Sheriff Thomas Dougherty announces the arrest of two people through the efforts of “Operation Safe Interstate” on Interstate 390 in the Town of Avon.
Following the stop, an investigation was conducted as to what had been thrown out of the window, and it was determined that it was bags containing heroin. The passenger of the vehicle, Jachim, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, an A misdemeanor, and Tampering with Physical Evidence, a Class E Felony. Jachim was arraigned by Judge Torregiano in Avon Town Court and remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $2500 cash bail or $5000 bail bond.
Jachim also had an active warrant issued by the Rochester Police Department for Criminal Mischief.
The driver of the vehicle, Chappel,was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree as well as Following Too Closely, a traffic violation. Chappel was issued appearance tickets to return to court at a later date.
Sheriff Dougherty added that the arrests are the result of “Operation Safe Interstate,” whereby the number and activity of Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies are greatly increased from past years, to help with many issues including possible criminal activity, unsafe traffic conditions, or drivers in need of help.
The investigation and arrests were handled by Deputy Whitford with canine partner Officer Utah, Deputy Sanford and Deputy Flickner.
The Sheriff says that if anyone has any drug information they can contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office at 243-7100 and it will be actively investigated.
PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Jachim and Chappel. (Photos/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)