22 bags of heroin allegedly found in vehicle

GROVELAND — Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty Monday reported the arrest of two Allegany County men on drug related charges after a traffic stop on Interstate 390.

On Feb. 19, 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 operator of the vehicle was identified as 36-year-old Kristofer T. Hubbard, of Fillmore, and a passenger in the vehicle was identified as 24-year-old Dean R. Cooper, of Belfast. While the Deputy Sheriff was speaking with the driver he reportedly observed a drug smoking device in plain view in the vehicle and initiated a roadside drug investigation.

Police said the investigation revealed that Hubbard was in possession of crack cocaine. A driver’s license check also revealed that Hubbard was operating the vehicle with his driver’s license suspended four times. Hubbard was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the second degree, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the second degree.

The investigation also allegedly revealed that Cooper was in possession of 22 bags of heroin along with another smoking device and several hypodermic needles. Cooper was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the second degree, and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.

Both Hubbard and Cooper 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 Hubbard to the custody of the Sheriff on $750 cash bail or $1,500 bond. Cooper was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond. Deputy Connor Sanford assisted with the traffic stop and arrests.