Craig L. Murphy-Hampton

A Rochester man is facing felony unlicensed driving and drug charges after more than 2.5 grams of suspected crack cocaine were allegedly found in his possession during a traffic stop on Interstate 390, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Deputy Michael Wade and his K9 partner, Hondo, were assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative when he stopped a vehicle about 5:40 p.m. Jan. 2 for an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as Craig L. Murphy-Hampton, 29.

The roadside investigation revealed that Murphy-Hampton was in possession of about 2.54 grams of suspected crack cocaine, which he had concealed on his person during the course of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A records check revealed that Murphy-Hampton was operating with a non-driver identification only and that his driving privileges in New York State had been suspended a total of 17 times, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Murphy-Hampton was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a class E felony; felony tampering with physic evidence, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Murphy-Hampton was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and released on an appearance ticket, as the offenses did not qualify for arraignment under the state Justice Reform Act. He was given a future date in Town of Avon Court.

Assisting with the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office was Sgt. Caleb Cutting and his K9 partner, Kai.

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