Livingston County Sheriff's Office Photograph Michael Economidis

A Monroe County man is facing drug-related charges in connection with a traffic stop on Interstate 390, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Economidis, 39, of Rochester, was arrested June 3 and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felony tampering with physical evidence and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

The arrest came after lab results determined that suspected cocaine was cocaine.

The investigation began Oct. 4, 2020, when Sgt. Matthew Thomas, while assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstae Initiative, stopped a vehicle about 11:15 p.m. for an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.

While the vehicle was pulling over, Thomas did observe the driver discarding a white powdery substance from the driver’s side window, and a small plastic bag, the Sheriff’s Office said.

During the traffic stop, Thomas did observe the white powdery substance on the side of the vehicle, prompting him to initiative a roadside drug investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The roadside investigation revealed that Economidis was in possession of a quantity of suspected cocaine, which he had attempted to conceal. A records check also revealed that Economidis was operating with a non-driver ID only and that his driving privileges in New York state had been revoked, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Economidis was released on scene, pending the lab results, and the suspected cocaine was sent to a forensic lab for testing.

Assisting on scene for the Sheriff’s Office was Deputy Justin Hilt.

Deputy Jerry Pilkenton arrested and charged Economidis on June 3 after the lab results did return positive for cocaine.

Economidis was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention as the offenses did qualify for pre-arraignment detention under the state Justice Reform Act due to Economidis having two previous felony convictions. Information on those convictions was not immediately available.

The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charges and requested that Economidis be held without the possibility of bail.

Economidis was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Caledonia Justice Mark Riggi, who remanded Economidis to the custody of the Sheriff to be held until further court proceedings.

The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Economidis at the court arraignment for his defense. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear to represent the people.

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