MOUNT MORRIS — Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty Thursday reported the arrest of two people on drug related charges after a traffic stop in the Village of Mount Morris.
On Jan. 13, Sergeant Ryan Swanson stopped a vehicle on East State Street in the Village of Mt. Morris for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as 35-year-old Grace L. Hicks of Portage. During the Sergeant’s contact with the driver, he observed the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that Hicks was in possession of marijuana, along with several hydrocodone pills. The hydrocodone pills are a controlled substance which Hicks did not have a prescription to possess.
Hicks was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and numerous violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
A passenger in the vehicle, 28-year-old Ethan Q. Chemelli of Nunda, was also found to be in possession of three hypodermic needles. As a result, Chemelli was also arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.
Both Hicks and Chemelli were turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention.
Both were later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Groveland Justice Jeanean Love. The Judge did remand Hicks to the custody of the Sheriff on $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond and Chemelli on $250 cash bail or $500 bond.