Multiple Drug Related Arrests Following Traffic Stops.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies made five arrests between last night and early this morning stemming from traffic stops.
March 7, 9:39 P.M., Town of Collins – Deputy Hyde stopped a vehicle on Bagdad Road near Gowanda State Road for an equipment violation. The Deputy’s investigation found Shelby Neamon’s licensed is suspended for failing to answer summonses from four separate municipalities. Deputy Christian arrived to assist with a vehicle inventory and prepare the vehicle to be towed when two individuals walked over from a nearby community and began obstructing with the Deputies’ investigation.
The Deputies offered multiple verbal commands to leave the scene and stop using profanities. However, Layna Jimerson, 28 of Collins, continued to yell and refused to leave the scene. Deputies arrested Jimerson for obstruction of governmental administration, and she is held at the Erie County Holding Center pending her arraignment.
Returning to the initial investigation, Neamon, 20 of Niagara Falls, was taken to the North Collins Substation where a search of her purse discovered a bag containing methamphetamine, hypodermic needles, marijuana, and a small plastic bottle containing liquid meth. Neamon is charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation as well as four separate vehicle and traffic violations. The defendant is at the Erie County Holding Center pending her arraignment.
March 7, 9:10 P.M., Town of Holland – Deputy Zamorek stopped a vehicle on South Main Street for vehicle and traffic violations. Aided by Deputy Bauer, an investigation commenced, and the Deputies searched the vehicle. During the search, the Deputies observed the operator and the passenger exchange a container and one of the subjects attempted to destroy a white rock which was believed to be crack cocaine. Deputy Bauer immediately arrested Leslie Jones, 57 of Hinsdale, and his subsequent search of the defendant discovered drug paraphernalia in her possession with crack cocaine residue.
The passenger, Melissa Wilson – 27 of Buffalo, willingly surrendered a container which held seventeen small bags of crack cocaine and three small bags of powder cocaine.
Defendant Wilson is charged with separate felony counts of criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, criminal possession of a narcotic, and attempting to destroy evidence. Also included in the charges is a misdemeanor count of criminal use of a drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Defendant Jones is charged with a felony count of attempting to destroy evidence, two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and a vehicle and traffic violation.
Both subjects are remanded to the Erie County Holding Center pending their arraignment.
March 8, 1:43 P.M., Town of Elma, Deputy Szkatulski stopped a vehicle on Route 400 for multiple vehicle and traffic violations. When the operator retrieved documents from the vehicle’s glove box, two bags fell out, and the individual attempted to conceal them from the Deputy. The Deputy ordered the subject out of the vehicle, but the individual ignored the commands and reached under the seat. The Deputy requested additional units and continued to order the driver to show his hand and to exit the vehicle; the subject refused. Finally, the driver removed his right hand from under the seat, and he was observed transferring the object to his left hand and then into his right sleeve.
Deputy Tyczka and an East Aurora Police Officer arrived and Elliott James, 44 of Buffalo, was taken into custody and the investigation revealed the defendant concealed a bag of crack cocaine in his sleeve and a scale with residue was located in the vehicle.
James is remanded to the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment on felony counts of criminal possession of narcotics with intent to sell and criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as, misdemeanor counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia and obstructing governmental administration.