WAYLAND — Steuben County Sheriff's Office Highway Interdiction Unit nets four in a drug bust on March 11.

The four arrested on drug charges are; Todd Briglin, 48, of Cohocton, Coty Murphy, 27, of Wayland, Jessica Schaffer, 32, of Wayland, and James Braziel Jr. , 27, of Wayland.

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard said, "On March 11 deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Highway Interdiction Unit arrested Briglin and Murphy.  Deputies responded to a complaint of trespassing at a residence on County Route 12 in Thurston.  Deputies identified Mr. Murphy as a suspect.  Mr. Murphy was wanted due to an indictment warrant for third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and third-degree Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, based on an investigation by the Steuben County DA’s Drug Initiative Team.  It is alleged that both men were trespassing at that location and that they possessed approximately 28 grams of suspected methamphetamine, packaged for sales, valued at approximately $3,000."

 
Mr. Briglin was charged with Trespass and third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, a class B Felony.  Mr. Briglin was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail to appear in Thurston Town Court at a later date.

 

Mr. Murphy was charged with Trespass and third-degree  Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, as well as the warrant for third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and third-degree Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance.  Mr. Murphy was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail to appear in Steuben County Court and Thurston Town Court at a later date.

 

Subsequent to the arrest of Mr. Murphy, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office CIRT unit executed a search warrant at Mr. Murphy’s residence in Wayland. 

 

Recovered at that residence was a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, products for the alleged distribution thereof and an alleged stun gun.  Deputies arrested  Schaffer and Braziel, Jr..  Both were charged with fifth-degree Criminal Possession of a controlled Substance with the intent to sell, a class D Felony, and fourth-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon.  Both were arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail, in lieu of bail, to appear in the Wayland Village Court at a later date.

Sheriff Allard thanks the Village of Wayland Police Department, the Village of Bath Police Department, the City of Corning Police Department and the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in these investigations and arrests.