Livingston County Sheriff's Office Photograph Phillp R. Baylor

A Mount Morris resident is facing drug-related charges after a traffic stop near Exit 9 of Interstate 390, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Phillp R. Baylor, 32, was arrested and charged June 23, after lab results showed that what was suspected to be crack cocaine did test positive for cocaine.

Baylor was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and traffic tickets for state Vehicle and Traffic Law violations, which included unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Baylor was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and released on appearance tickets to return to the Town of Avon Court at a later date. The offenses did not qualify for arraignment under the state Justice Reform Act.

The investigation began on Jan. 22, when Deputy Jerry Pilkenton, while assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative, stopped a vehicle operated by Baylor about 4:45 p.m. for an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.

Pilkenton suspected that Baylor was involved in drug activity and a drug investigation was conducted, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The material suspected to be crack cocaine was secured as evidence and sent to a forensic lab for testing. Baylor was released pending the outcome of lab results, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A records check during the roadside investigation also revealed that Baylor was operating the vehicle with an expired driver’s license and a suspended vehicle registration.

Deputies Michael Phillips and Deputy Justin Hilt assisted with the investigation.

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