Dewayne E. Johnson

A Rochester man is facing felonybdrug charge after cocaine was found in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 390, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Investigator Shawn Whitford was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative on Dec. 30 when he conducted a traffic stop about 1:30 p.m. for alleged violations of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.

The operator was identified as Dewayne E. Johnson, 39. During the traffic stop, the investigator observed signs of drug activity and initiated a roadside investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The roadside investigation revealed that Johnson was in possession of a quantity of suspected crack cocaine, which was later field tested and confirmed to be positive for cocaine. Johnson was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Johnson was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony; second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Johnson was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and issued an appearance ticket for the charges as the offenses did not qualify for bail under the state Justice Reform Act. Johnson will answer the charges in Town of Avon Court.

Assisting with the investigation was Deputy Jerry Pilkenton.

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