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INTERSTATE 390: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of two men as part of the Sheriff’s Office initiative “Operation Safe Interstate.”
On April 12th, 2017 a vehicle was stopped on Interstate 390 by a member of the Sheriff’s Office for an alleged vehicle and traffic law violation. While approaching the vehicle, it is alleged the front passenger appeared to be reaching down onto the floorboard area under the passenger seat. For officer safety reasons, the passenger 29 year old Nicholas L. O'Dell of Canisteo NY, was immediately requested to exit the vehicle and was detained to ensure there were no weapons.
Deputy Shawn Whitford arrived on location to assist and assumed control of O'Dell, at which time O'Dell was observed attempting to conceal four bags of heroin between the rear window and the trunk of the vehicle. O'Dell was taken into custody and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree and the felony of Tampering with Physical Evidence for attempting to conceal the heroin.
The driver of the vehicle, 27 year old Patrick H. Briggs of Wellsville NY, was then addressed and was found to be in possession of two bags of cocaine as well as Suboxone strips. The weight of the cocaine found on Briggs totaled approximately 7 grams. Briggs was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th for the suboxone, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (a B Felony) due to possession of the cocaine and evidence to support distribution and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th Degree due to the weight of the cocaine.
Both Briggs and O'Dell were turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. Bail recommendations by the District Attorney's Office were $2,500/$5,000 on O'Dell and $5,000/$10,000 on Briggs.
The two were later arraigned in the Town of Avon Court before Justice Torregiano, The Judge remanded O'Dell to the custody of the Sheriff on $2,500 cash or $5,000 secured bond and Briggs on $5,000 cash or $10,000 secured bond.