A Mount Morris man is facing a felony drug charge after he was found to allegedly be in possession of four bags of crack cocaine, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
The charges stem from a traffic stop June 10, 2020, on Interstate 390 in the town of Avon where Sheriff’s Investigator Connor Sanford was monitoring traffic as part of the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative. Sanford stopped a vehicle for an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law. The investigator also suspected that there was drug activity in the vehicle and conducted a drug investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Jon M. Haney, 45, a passenger in the vehicle was allegedly found with four plastic bags of suspected crack cocaine. It is also alleged that Haney attempted to conceal a crack pipe from the investigator, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The suspected crack cocaine was sent to a forensic lab for testing. Haney was released pending the lab results.
The lab results revealed that the suspected drugs had tested positive for cocaine, the Sheriff’s Office said.
On April 22, Sanford arrested and charged Haney with felony tampering with physical evidence and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Haney was arrested a Livingston County Jail where he was being held on unrelated charges. Haney was turned over to Central Booking deputies for processing and arraignment.
Haney was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Caledonia Justice Mark Riggi. The offenses did qualify for pre-arraignment detention under the state Justice Reform Act, though the justice may not set bail. Haney was released, though he remained in the custody of the sheriff on the unrelated charges.
Haney is due back in Avon Town Court on May 11 to answer the drug charges.
Deputies Morganne Harrington and Jerry Pilkenton assisted with the investigation.