INTERSTATE 390: Liv. Co. Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrests of four men on felony drug charges following a traffic stop as part of Operation Safe Interstate on I-390. Sheriff's Deputy Shawn Whitford, who is assigned Operation Safe Interstate, stopped Raymond M. Burns, 24, of Campbell, NY for a Vehicle and Traffic Law infraction. During the course of the traffic stop the Deputy Sheriff allegedly saw signs that led him to believe that Burns was impaired and a Deputy from the Sheriff’s STOP DWI Unit was requested to the scene.
Burns was taken into custody for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. Police said a search of the vehicle was also conducted and a Fflony level amount of crack cocaine was allegedly located in the vehicle. Burns was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, Class D Felony. Three passengers in the vehicle, Curtis J. McFarland, 27 years of age from Rochester, Harland E. Pope, 34 years of age from Bath and Brendan R. Wentling, 23 years of age from Campbell were also charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance In The Fifth Degree.
McFarland, Pope and Wentling were placed under arrest and transported to Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail. Burns was transported to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where Deputy Jeffrey Faugh said that Burns was impaired by Cannabis and was unable to operate a vehicle safely.
Arraigned in court ,the judge held the men on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.