DANSVILLE — Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty Saturday reported the arrest of a Rochester woman on felony drug related charges after a traffic stop prevented the alleged delivery of crack cocaine to Dansville.
On July 14, Deputy Michael Wade and his K9 partner Hondo were assigned to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Operation Safe Interstate initiative when he stopped a vehicle on Interstate 390 for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.
During the course of the Deputy Sheriff's roadside investigation, he smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and also observed a passenger in the vehicle to have an open container of alcohol. Further investigation revealed that the passenger, Annmarie Highsmith, 40, was in possession of marijuana.
As the Deputy Sheriff continued to investigate he found that Highsmith had concealed approximately 2.5 grams of crack cocaine on her person and was also found to be in possession of a spring assisted knife, which by NYS law is illegal to possess.
Highsmith was arrested and charged with felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree (intent to distribute as she allegedly admitted she was delivering it to Dansville), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th degree, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Drinking Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle on a Highway.
Highsmith was 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 due to the felony level charge and recommended $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. Highsmith was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at the Livingston County Jail before York Town Justice Thomas Porter. The Judge remanded Highsmith to the custody of the Sheriff on $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. Deputy Matthew Moran assisted on scene.