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By Deanna Fanton

Livingston County Sheriff busts two Steuben County men for drugs on 390

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Patrick Costa and Jeffery Brownell have court dates in Avon NY

INTERSTATE 390 – Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of Steuben County residents on felony and misdemeanor charges following a traffic stop.

On April 13th, 2023 Deputy Jerry Pilkenton was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate when he conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 390, in the Town of Avon, for violations of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic law.

Deputy Pilkenton made contact with the operator, who was identified as 56 year-old Patrick C. Costa of Painted Post, as well as a passenger 55 year old Jeffrey D. Brownell.

Through further investigation, the Deputy Sheriff suspected the pair to be involved in drug activity, as he observed suspected narcotics in the vehicle. As a search was being conducted, units on scene observed Costa drop an item on the side of the road, and allegedly attempt to conceal or destroy it with his foot. The items were recovered and later determined to be crack cocaine.

As the investigation continued, Brownell turned over a pipe used from smoking crack cocaine that he allegedly admitted to hiding in his shoe just prior to being stopped in hopes that Deputies would not find it.

Costa was arrested and charged with Felony Tampering with Physical Evidence and Felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree.

Brownell was arrested and charged with Felony Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Costa and Brownell were turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charges. It was recommended that both subjects be released on their own recognizance, as the charges do not qualify for bail under the NYS Justice Reform Act.

After processing both subjects were released on appearance tickets returnable on a future court date.

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