Routine traffic stop spurs drug charges

BERGEN — A routine traffic stop resulted in numerous charges against three people after drugs were found in the car early Sunday morning, Genesee County sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputy Nicholas Chamoun was on patrol when he stopped a car at 12:38 a.m. on Route 33.

The driver, Paula G. Pierce, 29, of State Street, Batavia was found to have a suspended license.

Another deputy arrived and then a K9 unit was called to search the outside of the car.

K9 Frankie “indicated a positive response” for drugs and the car was searched.

All three occupants of the car were taken into custody.

One, Justin P. Porter, 29, of Rochester gave police a fake name and refused to disclose his true identity, deputies said. At this point, six deputies and members of Genesee County Drug Force were at the scene.

All three were taken to the Sheriff’s Office, where Porter allegedly tried to conceal drugs by hiding them in an interview room, deputies said.

Porter was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, tampering with physical evidence, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of governmental administration and false personation.

Pierce and another passenger, Michael R. Whiteman, 48, of Perry were charged with conspiracy and misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Pierce also was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and insufficient turn signal.

All three are to appear at a later date in Town Court.

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