Genesee, Pa. and Harrison Valley, Pa. residents charged in Livingston County

AVON — Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty Wednesday reported the arrest of three Pennsylvania residents on felony drug related charges after a traffic stop.

On Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 Deputy Michael Phillips was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit when he stopped a vehicle on Lakeville Road (State Route 15) for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as Justin B. Fuhrer, 32. The Deputy Sheriff suspected Fuhrer was operating under the influence of drugs and conducted a roadside DWAI investigation which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation Fuhrer was taken into custody for DWAI Drugs.

Further investigation at the scene by Sheriff’s Deputies revealed that Fuhrer and the passengers in the vehicle were allegedly found to be in possession of crack cocaine as well as 51 bags of fentanyl.

Fuhrer was transported to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where Deputy Connor Sanford, who is a Certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), conducted a drug evaluation. It was the Deputy Sheriff’s expert opinion that Fuhrer was under the influence of central nervous system stimulants and narcotics and that he could not operate a vehicle in a safe manner. Fuhrer did provide a urine sample which will be sent to the lab for analysis.

Fuhrer was arrested and charged with felony Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and felony Driving While Ability Impaired by a combination of drugs. The charges were felonies as Fuhrer had a previous DWI related conviction on Jan. 23, 2017. Fuhrer was also charged with felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (intent to sell), two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, and violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.

A passenger in the vehicle, 18-year-old Ethan J. Wheeler from Harrison Valley, Pa., was arrested and charged with felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (intent to sell) and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.

Another passenger in the vehicle, 27-year-old Crystal M. McConnell from Harrison Valley, Pa., was arrested and charged with felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (intent to sell) and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.

Sheriff’s Deputies also have obtained a warrant of arrest on a fourth person related to the incident. Kerri R. Cobbs, 31, from Genesee, Pa., is currently wanted for felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (intent to sell) and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.

Fuhrer, Wheeler, and McConnell were 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 each be held on $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bond.

Fuhrer, Wheeler, and McConnell were later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Village of Dansville Judge Scott Kenney. The Judge did remand all three to the custody of the Sheriff on the recommended bail of $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond. Deputy Shawn Whitford assisted with the on scene investigation.

“I commend the Deputy Sheriffs for a job extremely well done in taking fifty one bags of death off our streets,” stated Sheriff Dougherty. “We will continue to be vigilant in our drug interdiction efforts and do our best to protect our Livingston County communities.”