BATAVIA — Three people were charged Friday after an investigation of crack cocaine sales in the Rochester area, the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force said.

Task Force members executed a search warrant on Anthony J. “Science” Welch and Amy L. Coulson after they were observed riding as passengers in a vehicle. They were taken to Genesee County Jail.

During a search, Welch was allegedly found to possess crack cocaine he had tried to conceal at the time of the traffic stop. Coulson also allegedly possessed cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Welch, 39, of Rochester was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; felony tampering with criminal evidence; first-degree promoting prison contraband; and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia. He was released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.

Coulson, 33, of Batavia was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia. She is to appear in City Court at a later date.

Driver Steven R. Columbo, 33, of Batavia, was allegedly found to be driving with suspended or revoked license. He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He is to appear in City Court at a later date.

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