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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Allegany County Men Arrested On Drug Charges in Livingston County

Livingston County Sheriff's Office
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INTERSTATE 390 - Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of two (2) Allegany County residents on drug related charges after a traffic stop.

On October 9, 2019 Deputy Jerry Pilkenton was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative when he stopped a vehicle on Lakeville Road after observing a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law on Interstate 390.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as Travis E. Murray, age 40 from Wellsville NY, and a passenger was identified as McKenzie J. Barnes, age 21 from Scio NY. The Deputy Sheriff suspected that the occupants of the vehicle were involved in drug activity and that Murray was operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs.

Deputy Matthew Thomas, who is assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, responded to the scene to conduct a DWAI drugs investigation which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Murray was taken into custody for DWAI.

The investigating Deputies also found that Murray and Barnes were in possession of forty (40) bags of heroin. They also possessed cocaine.

Murray was transported to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where Deputy Jeff Faugh, who is a Certified Drug Recognition Expert, conducted an evaluation on Murray. It was the Deputy Sheriff’s expert opinion that Murray was under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant, a narcotic analgesic, and cannabis and that he could not operate a vehicle in a safe manner. Murray also provided a urine sample which will be sent to the lab for analysis.

Murray was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (intent to sell), and two (2) counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree

Barnes was arrested and charged with felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (intent to sell) and two (2) counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree. It is further alleged that Barnes attempted to conceal some of the drugs on her person during the investigation in an attempt to avoid detection from the investigating Deputy Sheriffs. Barnes was additionally charged with the felony of Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Murray and Barnes were turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charges. It was recommended that both Murray and Barnes be held on $3,000 cash bail or $6,000 bond.

Murray and Barnes were later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of North Dansville Justice David Werth. The Judge did remand Murray to the custody of the Sheriff on the recommended bail of $3,000 cash or $6,000 bond. Barnes was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bond.

Deputy Shawn Whitford and Deputy Michael Phillips assisted on scene with the investigation.

"Starting January 1st 2020, many different level crimes are not allowable for the suspect to be held on bail," stated Sheriff Dougherty. "This case is a prime example where the defendants will walk free and we can only hope they return to court at a later date. I am adamantly opposed to this extreme change in bail and taking away an elected Judges discretion to set bail or not, and ultimately the dangers it will cause for public safety."


Anonymous said...

sounds right... two men gave too much money to a campaign, they have got $1 million cash bail... these two loser dirt bags carry 40 bags of HERION in, and get $3000 bail? WTF? good job cuomo, you'll have every druggies vote for sure. That's if they can remember to vote.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous: It wasn't two men. You have jumped to wrong conclusions about that but well put about the laws not securing them enough for public safety. At least protect the public and our children from people who detected as dangerous such as these two. It angers me as well and I don't like Coumo either.