DRIVER AND PASSENGER SWITCH SEATS, BOTH ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports two Rochester area men were arrested this morning in Grand Island following a traffic stop. Deputy Bauer observed vehicle and traffic law violations while on patrol along Interstate 190 at approximately 4:40 A.M. The Deputy stopped the vehicle on Whitehaven Road and observed the driver and front seat passenger switch seats. While investigating both individuals, the Deputy discovered Peter Sperlazza, 33 of Gates, had his driver’s license revoked and the one-time passenger, Andrew Ragaglia – 25 of Rochester, did not have a valid license. Also during Deputy Bauer’s investigation, he observed, in plain view, a glass bong containing marijuana in the center console area. Both subjects were placed into custody, and a search of the vehicle discovered a metal pipe with burnt marijuana, six ecstasy pills, a plastic container of marijuana, two amphetamine pills, and a piece of metal with residue on it. Sperlazza is charged with two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count obstruction of governmental administration, one count aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, unlawful possession of marijuana, possessing controlled substances not in the original container, and three separate vehicle and traffic violations Defendant Ragaglia is charged with a felony count of concealing physical evidence, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of governmental administration, unlawful possession of marijuana, and possessing a controlled substance not in the originals container. Both subjects are held at the Erie County Holding Center pending their arraignment in Grand Island Town Court.