By JOHN ANDERSON
Several members of the City of Hornell Police department — and K-9 Snitch — may have stopped drugs and more overdoses as fentanyl and cocaine were seized during a traffic stop in the Hornell Plaza Tuesday around noon.
Police said they believe the drugs were destined for distribution in Hornell and arrested five people from Rochester and the region.
Police charged Michael M. Brown, 40 of Rochester, Quinjavis D. Lewis, 30 of Rochester, Jared A. Perry, 28, of Rochester, Kafaya A. Sweet, 27 of Rochester and Tessa A. Smith, 31 of Bloomfield all with third-degree felony criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Smith was also charged with 10 counts of fourth-degree felony criminal possession of stolen property.
Police said Smith allegedly used stolen credit cards from Ontario County.
During the investigation at the traffic stop in the plaza, Police discovered Perry and Lewis were under New York State Parole supervision. The state was notified.
All five were taken to the Steuben County Jail for arraignment and further charges are pending.
The investigation was led by Hornell Sgt. and Investigator Tom Aini and he was assisted by Hornell Police Chief T.J. Murray and officers Brett Flaitz, Mike Hoyt, J.R. Emo, Steve Hanrahan, Ian Hamilton, Tim Thurston, Seth Blanchard and K-9 Snitch.