DANSVILLE: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Dansville man on felony drug related charges after a traffic stop.
On April 22, at approximately 5:55 pm, Deputy Matthew Thomas was assigned to the Sheriff’s STOP DWI Unit when he stopped a vehicle on Lakeville Road in the Town of Avon for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The Deputy Sheriff suspected that the occupants of the vehicle were involved in drug activity and initiated a roadside drug investigation.
During the investigation, a passenger in the vehicle Jared W. Heath,38, was found to be in possession twenty bags of heroin, two other bags of heroin weighing approximately one gram each, approximately three grams of crack cocaine, and two pipes commonly used to smoke crack cocaine.
Heath was arrested and charged with two counts of felony THIRD-DEGREE Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, felony FIFTH-DEGREE Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and SEVENTH-DEGREE Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Heath was also charged with felony Tampering with Physical Evidence as it is alleged that he attempted to conceal the illegal items on his person during the traffic stop to avoid detection by the investigating Deputy Sheriffs.
Heath 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 charges. It was recommended that Heath be held on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.
Heath was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Ossian Justice Gordon Wilson. The Judge did remand Heath to the custody of the Sheriff on $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond.
Assisting with the investigation were Deputy Jerry Pilkenton, Deputy Michael Phillips, and Deputy Michael Wade with his K9 partner Hondo.