Andrew Dean

PORTAGE – A Hunt resident is facing bail jumping and drug charges after failing to appear for sentencing in Livingston County Court on a felony drug conviction.

Andrew Dean, 34, was arrested April 22 in the town of Genesee Falls, Wyoming County, by members of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.

Dean was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Dean was charged with second-degree bail jumping, a class E felony.

Dean allegedly failed to appear for sentencing in Livingston County Court and a warrant issued for his arrest in March 2022.

Dean was transported to Livingston County Jail and turned over to Central Booking deputies for processing and pre-arraignment detention.

A search of Dean upon arrival at the jail revealed that he was allegedly in possession of suspected methamphetamine. He was then charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband, a class D felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Dean was later arraigned on the contraband and drug charges at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of York Justice Thomas Porter, who remanded Dean to the custody of the Sheriff without the chance of bail due to having prior felony convictions.

The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Dean as his arraignment. The District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear at the arraignment.

Dean was later arraigned April 25 in Livingston County Court before County Court Judge Kevin Van Allen, who continued to remand Dean without bail. The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office and District Attorney’s Office were both present for the County Court proceedings.

The investigation was handled by members of the Criminal Investigations Division and the Jail Division. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.

Information on Dean’s past felony convictions was not immediately available.

He had been charged June 18, 2021, by the Livingston County Drug Task Force with two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both class D felonies, in connection with sales of crystal methamphetamine in the village of Nunda.

Dean has twice been charged with assault, including once with an additional charge of criminal obstruction of breathing.

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