Livingston County Sheriff's Office Photograph Azisa I. Johnson

LIMA – A Monroe County resident is facing a drug possession charge after lab results from a September traffic stop confirmed the presence of drugs, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Caleb Cutting was on overnight patrol on Sept. 9, 2020, when he stopped a vehicle on Plank Road (State Route 15A) for an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.

The operator of the vehicle, Azisa I. Johnson, 26, of Rochester, was suspected to be involved in drug activity which prompted a roadside drug investigation. The roadside investigation revealed that Johnson was in possession of a quantity of suspected marijuana, as well as a quantity of suspected concentrated cannabis, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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

Johnson was released pending the outcome of the lab results.

The lab results showed the suspected concentrated cannabis tested positive for THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the Sheriff’s Office said.

THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana and is what makes people feel high.

Johnson was charged Jan. 8 with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Johnson was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and released on an appearance ticket to return to the Lima Town Court at a later date, as the offense did not qualify for arraignment under the state Justice Reform Act.

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