GENESEO – A Mount Morris resident who was convicted earlier in 2015 of charges stemming from defrauding Livingston County’s Welfare system was re-arrested on Sunday for allegedly driving without a license and having illegal drugs and needles in the car with him, while there was already an active warrant for his arrest.
Eliezer Santiago, 37, of Mount Morris, was arrested for misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Operating with a Suspended Registration, and Unlicensed Operation by Geneseo Police Officer Benjamin Swanson after a joint effort with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
“Santiago drove past two Deputies who were on another traffic stop, and their tools were picking up his plates as suspended,” said Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian. “That’s what initiated our stop, and then we found the 12 needles, Suboxone and marijuana. His plates were suspended, and he didn’t have a valid licence.”
Santiago was also arrested and charged with Issuing a Bad Check, a charge for which he has been wanted since February 2015.
Santiago is scheduled to appear in Geneseo Village Court at a later date.
He was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office for arraignment on the bench warrant, and is now held at the Livingston County Jail.