NUNDA – A Steuben County woman is facing drug-related charges after allegedly being in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Justin Hilt was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit on Feb. 11 when he stopped a vehicle on Fuller Road in the town of Nunda for an alleged violation of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The operator of the vehicle, Heather L. Dewert, 26, from Savona, was suspected of being involved in drug activity and a roadside drug investigation ensured, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The roadside investigation revealed that Dewert was in possession of about 12 grams of suspected methamphetamine, about 2.5 grams of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both substances later tested positive for their respective drug, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A records check also revealed that Dewert had a suspended driver’s license in New York State.
Dewert was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony; second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.
Dewert was transported and turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The offenses did qualify for arraignment due to the felony-level charges, though the judge cannot set bail under the state Justice Reform Act.
Dewert was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Geneseo Justice Kathleen Houston, who released Dewert on her own recognizance, per bail reform, to return to Nunda Town Court at a later date.