posted on July 01, 2011 07:12
Numerous accused drug dealers are in the Genesee County Jail this morning following an active week by the County Drug Task Force.
On Tuesday, the Task Force stopped a pair on Veterans Memorial Drive, and allegedly found them with cocaine, marijuana, and a 9mm rifle.
Arrested were 20-year-old Marissa Royse and 29-year-old Marcos Torres, both of Batavia. Task Force members had allegedly observed the two dealing cocaine and marijuana several times during the month of June. They’re also accused of selling a sawed-off shotgun.
Both are jailed without bail.
And a Wednesday raid on a Byron home yielded three more arrests.
23-year-old Reynoldo Melendez, 19-year-old Richard Conte, and 17-year-old Louis Staples were allegedly found in possession of numerous prescription drugs, with a street value of over 3-thousand dollars. All were charged with Criminal Possession. They’re suspected of dealing those drugs here and in Orleans County.
All are being held in the county jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. Three other females were arrested pursuant to the case.
A Wyoming County man is in the Genesee County Jail without bail today, following a strange and rather disgusting turn of events.
42-year-old Nikko Gambino of Covington was arrested at the Genesee County Jail this week. Gambino was suspected of smuggling drugs into the jail. Local Drug Task Force members took Gambino to UMMC to have him checked out – and found the goods in his intestinal tract. And they were ready to confiscate those drugs once Gambino ‘passed’ them – but Gambino quickly grabbed the drugs, and allegedly reconsumed them.
Gambino is now charged with felony Possession, Promoting Prison Contraband…and Tampering with Evidence.
A 28-year-old admitted counterfeiter is headed to jail for 3 to 6 years.
Lendle Tucker of Batavia received his sentence in County Court yesterday. Tucker was arrested in January for manufacturing nearly $1,000 in fake U.S. currency. He later pled guilty to Possession of a Forged Instrument.
Read our full story HERE.
Seven prisons around New York State are shutting down in an effort to save the state millions of dollars.
Officials say two New York City and five upstate prisons will close within the next 60 days. Four minimum-security facilities are closing, including the Buffalo Work Release prison in Alden.
The effort will reduce the number of prison beds in the state by 3,800. Governor Andrew Cuomo says it will save New York $184-million over the next two years.
The governor is expected to lift a moratorium on a controversial natural gas mining technique known has hydrofracking.
A report on the process from the State DEC is expected today, and it seems the only uncertainty is whether or not Cuomo will immediately lift the ban.
Cuomo is reportedly discussing keeping the hydrofracking ban in New York City's watershed, and the Syracuse watershed. But the major deposit drillers are interested in lies in the Southern tier and stretches into Pennsylvania.
Environmental activists argue that hydrofracking threatens the cleanliness of ground water.