MOUNT MORRIS - A Mount Morris man is facing multiple felony counts following his arrest in connection with cocaine sales in the village.
Joselito Rodriguez, 26, was arrested July 23 by members of the Livingston County Drug Task Force and the Mount Morris Police Department. Rodriguez was charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a Class B felony, and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, also a Class B felony.
Rodriguez was arrested and turned over to Central Booking Deputies at Livingston County Jail for pre-arraignment detention. The United States Attorney’s Office was contacted as Rodriguez was awaiting sentencing on federal charges as the result of a prior arrest in 2019.
The arrest culminates an investigation into the sale of powder cocaine in the Mount Morris area.
A federal detainer held Rodriguez in custody on the most recent charges. He was later turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Rodriguez is in federal custody awaiting further proceedings on the 2019 arrest, and will answer the new charges in State Court at a later date.
Rodriguez had been arrested in 2019 by the Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the execution of two search warrants in the village of Mount Morris. As a result of the search warrants, a large amount of cash and cocaine was seized.
Rodriguez was charged at the time of his 2019 arrest with federal drug charges and was awaiting sentencing at the time of this arrest.
Members of the Livingston County Drug Task Force learned that Rodriguez was still selling cocaine in the area and subsequently began a new investigation, which led to the new arrest, the Drug Task Force said.
The Livingston County Drug Task Force is comprised of members of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the Avon, Caledonia, Geneseo, Dansville, Mount Morris and Nunda police departments; and the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office. The United States Attorney’s Office and U.S. Marshals Service assisted with the investigation.