AVON — Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty Monday reported the arrest of three Allegany County residents on drug related charges after a traffic stop.
On May 1, 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 operator of the vehicle was identified as 32-year-old Joseph A. Palma, of Fillmore. Passengers in the vehicle were identified as Kristofer T. Hubbard, 36, and Jessica L. Ackerman, 35, both also of Fillmore. A records check revealed that Palma was operating the vehicle with a revoked driver’s license. Palma’s driving privileges had been suspended or revoked a total of nine times.
The Deputy Sheriff also suspected that the occupants were involved in drug activity after seeing items of drug paraphernalia in plain view in the vehicle. A roadside drug investigation was initiated.
The investigation revealed that the three were allegedly in possession of three bags of heroin and one bag of crack cocaine.
Palma was arrested and charged with two counts of seventh-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and second-degree Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
Ackerman was arrested and charged with two counts of seventh-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Hubbard was arrested and charged with two counts of seventh-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana as he was also allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana.
All three were turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. All three were later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at the Livingston County Jail before Town of North Dansville Judge David Werth. The Judge remanded Palma to the custody of the Sheriff on $250 cash bail or $500 bond. The Judge released both Hubbard and Ackerman on their own recognizance and Deputies set them free.
Assisting with the investigation were Deputy Morganne Harrington and Deputy Shawn Whitford.