Livingston County Sheriff's Office Photograph Matthew S. Williams

A Hamlin man is facing drug-related charges after a car in which he was a passenger was stopped for an alleged violation, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Matthew S. Williams, 21, was charged June 27 with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana after lab results showed the suspected concentrated cannabis tested positive for THC, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Williams was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law about 4:15 p.m. Feb. 21 on Interstate 390 by Deputy Jerry Pilkenton, who was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate Initiative.

The Deputy suspected that the occupants of the vehicle were involved in drug activity and conducted a drug investigation. The roadside investigation revealed that Williams, a passenger in the vehicle, was in possession of suspected marijuana and suspected concentrated cannabis, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The suspected drugs were secured as evidence and sent to a forensic lab for testing.

Williams was released pending the outcome of lab results.

Williams was arrested June 27 and turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing. Williams was released on appearance tickets to return to Town of Avon Court to answer charges at a later date. The charged offenses did not qualify for arraignment under the state Justice Reform Act.

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