Tips Leads Cops to Heroin in Driver on 390

AVON – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested a driver on 390 for a misdemeanor drug charge and a felony evidence tampering charge.

According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Danette Wright, 28, of Shinglehouse, PA, was arrested for felony Tampering With Physical Evidence, misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and misdemeanor Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree.

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The arrest was the result of a tip from the Andover Police Department, who believed that Robert Colon, 26, of Wellsville, NY, was traveling through Livingston County on 390 with drugs. Colon turned out to be Wright’s passenger.

Deputy Shawn Whitford assigned to the Sheriff’s Office initiative ‘Operation Safe Interstate’ received the tip, located and stopped a vehicle matching the description given in the tip for an alleged vehicle and traffic law violation.

The operator of the vehicle, Wright, was found to have a driver’s license that was suspended on two dates.

Further investigation on scene revealed that Wright had put a bundle of 10 bags of what is believed to be heroin inside her person prior to being stopped by the Deputy.    The heroin was later recovered and seized as evidence at Central Booking by Deputy Jennifer Rice of the Sheriff’s Office Jail Division.

Wright was additionally charged with evidence tampering and drug possession.

Police did identify Robert Colon as a passenger in the vehicle and found what is believed to be cocaine in his possession.

Assisting at the scene was Deputy Connor Sanford, Deputy Brittany Smyder, Deputy Michael Wade with K-9 Hondo and Sergeant Joseph Breu.

Both Wright and Colon were processed by Central Booking Deputies at held in pre-arraignment detention.

Avon Town Justice Peter Piampiano arraigned both Wright and Colon. The Judge went along with the recommendation of the District Attorney’s Office and ordered Wright held at the Livingston County Jail on $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond. He ordered and Colon held on $500 cash or $1,000 bond.

(L-R) Colon and Wright.
(Photos/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)