Sheriff: 3 with Heroin Tried Ducking Interstate Deputies Through Avon

AVON – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested three Mount Morris residents on misdemeanor drug charges for allegedly possessing multiple illegal drugs in Rte. 15.

According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Mercedes Bowes, 22, Matthew Mckenzie, 30, Christopher Campbell, 36, were all arrested on misdemeanor drug charges. Dougherty said that people carrying drugs are now using alternate routes to avoid the deputies who patrol 390 as part of Operation Safe Interstate.

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“Folks carry drugs are now trying to use alternate routes so they don’t have to encounter Deputy Sheriffs on Interstate 390,” said Dougherty. “However, we have Deputies patrolling all over the county 24/7/365 and they excel at their duties. If you are carrying drugs, you will be caught, you will be arrested and you will go to jail.”

On April 17, 2017 Deputy Rick Gage stopped a vehicle on Rte. 15 (Lakeville Road) in Avon for an alleged vehicle and traffic law violation. The driver of the vehicle, Bowes, was also found to be driving with a suspended license. Her license was found to be suspended on two times on two dates.

Bowes was taken into custody and found to be in possession of a bag of what is believed to be heroin. The Deputy requested the assistance of Deputy Matthew Thomas and Deputy Shawn Whitford as there were two passengers in the car.

Following a drug investigation on scene by Deputies, Mckenzie was found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle as well as four bags of what is believed to be heroin and five bags of what is believed to be cocaine. Investigating deputies searched the vehicle and found three more bags of what is believed to be heroin, thirty two unused hypodermic needles, and eight pills identified as Trazadone, an antidepressant.

Deputies took Campbell, the third occupant of the vehicle, into custody for a misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.

Mckenzie was charged with two counts of misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.

Bowes was charged with misdemeanor Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree and misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.

All three were turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention.

Avon Town Justice Peter Piampiano arraigned all three defendants. The Judge ordered Bowes held at the Livingston County Jail on $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 secured bond and ordered Campbell and Mckenzie held on $500 cash or $1,000 secured bond.

(L-R) Bowes, Campbell and McKenzie. (Photos/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)