BATH | A Rochester man is facing a felony charge after an arrest Saturday in Bath turned up drugs and cash.
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports Korey P. Weaver, 27, was driving on State Route 415 when deputies pulled over the vehicle they say was operating with inadequate lights.
During the stop, deputies reportedly discovered Weaver was in possession of 93 individual baggies filled with what’s believed to be crack cocaine.
Sheriff James Allard said the quantity and the packaging indicate the crack was being transported for sale.
Weaver was also allegedly carrying a large amount of cash, drug paraphernalia and packaging material used in selling drugs.
He was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a B felony.
Allard said the arrest was the first major payoff from his efforts to get more drug interdiction manpower on the county’s roads.
“This is our first significant arrest,” he said. “There’s already been some good stops and some smaller arrests.”
While the county’s drug interdiction efforts are often driven by the work of investigators or calls to the (844) DRUG-TIP ((844) 378-4847) tip line, this stop wasn’t one of those.
“This one was just a cold stop, that through investigation led to the discovery of this quantity of drugs,” Allard said.
He noted that 93 bags of crack cocaine not coming into the community has an impact in multiple ways.
Crimes are committed to raise money to purchase drugs, Allard said, and also committed after those purchasers are under the influence of drugs.
He said his goal remains to make Steuben County an unpleasant and expensive place for dealers to do business, and stops like the one Saturday are key to that goal.
"For Mr. Weaver, dealing drugs in Steuben County just got a lot more expensive," Allard added.
Weaver was arraigned in Town of Bath Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the operation by the New York State Police and Bath Village Police Department.