MOUNT MORRIS — Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of three Mount Morris residents on drug related charges after a traffic stop and investigation by Deputies.
On June 18, Deputy Shawn Whitford was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative when he stopped a vehicle on Interstate 390 for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The driver of the vehicle provided a valid NYS driver's license and was released with a warning. The driver continued on her way. However, the Deputy Sheriff suspected that the driver had lied about who she was. The Deputy further researched the driver through local databases, as well as DMV files and suspected that the driver used her sister's name at the original traffic stop.
The Deputy Sheriff alerted other Deputies about the incident and Deputy Timothy Sweeting located the same vehicle with the same driver on State Route 408 in the Town of Mt. Morris.
Deputy Whitford responded to the scene and positively identified the driver as 26-year-old Seana L. Valentine. Valentine was then arrested and charged with Criminal Impersonation in the 2nd degree, along with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the in the 3rd degree, as she was operating with a suspended driver's license.
As the Deputy Sheriffs continued their roadside investigation, they suspected that the driver and two passengers in the vehicle were involved with drug activity.
The investigation revealed that Valentine was in possession of Clonazepam pills, which she did not have a prescription for. She was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree.
Joseph A. Fletcher Jr., 21, was a passenger in the vehicle and was found to be in possession of marijuana, a hypodermic needle, and smoking devices. Fletcher was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia. Fletcher was also charged with Criminal Contempt in the 2nd degree as he had an active court issued order protection ordering him to stay away from Seana Valentine.
Antonio M. Pardon Rodriguez, 31, was also a passenger in the vehicle. Padron Rodriguez was found to be in possession of cocaine and marijuana. It is also alleged that Padron Rodriguez attempted to hide marijuana in the back seat of the patrol car after his arrest. Padron Rodriguez was charged by Deputies with felony Tampering with Physical Evidence, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
Valentine, Fetcher, and Padron Rodriguez were turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney's Office was contacted in regards to bail and recommended $2,500 cash of $5,000 bond for Valentine and Fletcher; $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond was recommended for Padron Rodriguez.
Livingston County Jail Deputies were alerted to the drug and tampering charges by the arresting Deputies. While Padron Rodriguez was in Central Booking, it was discovered that he concealed more drugs inside his person. Deputies recovered crack cocaine and heroin from Padron Rodriguez. Padron Rodriguez was additionally charged with another count of felony Tampering with Physical Evidence, felony Promoting Prison Contraband in the 1st degree, felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree.
All three suspects were later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LCCAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Judge Harris. The Judge did remand Valentine to the custody of the Sheriff on $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond, Fletcher on $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond and Padron Rodriguez on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.