AVON – A Geneseo man is facing an additional felony drug-related charge after lab results from a September traffic stop confirmed that suspected narcotics was cocaine, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Allen R. Russell Jr., 41, was arrested Nov. 12 and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony.
The charge stems from an investigation that began about 4:30 p.m. Sept. 5 when Deputy Caleb Nellis, while assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, conducted a traffic stop on Lakeville Road in Avon for an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The traffic stop resulted in an investigation and Russell was charged with felony driving while ability impaired by drugs, and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class E felony.
The investigation revealed that Russell was in possession of a quantity of suspected crack cocaine, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The suspected narcotics was sent to a forensic lab for testing. The lab results confirmed a positive test for cocaine with an aggregate weight of 1.713 grams, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Following the Nov. 12 arrest, Russell was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office recommended that Russell be released on his own recognizance as the charges do not qualify for bail under the state Justice Reform Act.
Russell was arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of York Justice Thomas Porter, who released Russell on his own recognizance with a future court date.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Russell at his arraignment. The District Attorney’s Office did not appear at the arraignment.
Assisting with the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office was Deputy Justin HIlt.