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3 in Medina arrested after drug bust

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 February 2014 at 12:00 am

Provided photo – Local law enforcement seized cash, drugs and a semi-automatic rifle after a drug bust in Medina on Wednesday.

MEDINA – Three Medina residents face numerous charges following a year-long investigation into the sale and distribution of crack cocaine and marijuana in the villages of Medina and Albion, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force reported today.

Local law enforcement agencies arrested three people from Medina and seized more than 3 ounces of cocaine, 2 pounds of marijuana, a quantity of heroin, ecstasy pills, a variety of prescription narcotic pills, a variety of “bath salts,” a designer drug, more than $3,000 in cash, a semi-automatic rifle, scales, packaging and other drug paraphernalia.

Police searched the “Biz Nest” at 525 Main St. in Medina and seized more than 1,000 pirated DVD movies that were being sold from the store as well as numerous items of counterfeit clothing and merchandise, the Task Force reported.

The following were arrested:

Brenton Poole

Erika Poole

Norman Bloom

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Brenton O. Poole, 28, of 746 Church St., Medina, who was charged with four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and one count of criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree.

Erika H. Poole, 34, of 746 Church St., who was charged with four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and one count of criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree.

Both Brenton and Erika Poole were arraigned in Town of Albion Court by Town Justice Gary Moore. They were jailed on $75,000 cash bail or bond. They are to appear in Shelby Town Court at 3 p.m. on Feb. 19.

Norman M. Bloom Jr., 26  of 704 Church St. who was charged with one count of reckless endangerment in the second degree, one count of obstruction of governmental administration in the second degree, and one count of resisting arrest.

Bloom was arraigned in Albion by Town Justice Gary Moore. Bloom was committed to the county jail on $5,000 cash bail. Bloom is currently on parole with the state Department of Corrections and is being held on a parole detainer as well.

The Task Force worked with the Medina Police Department, Albion Police Department, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to execute search warrants in Medina at 746 Church St., 751 Church St., 525 Main St., and also on a vehicle on West Avenue in the village of Albion.

This investigation is still ongoing and further charges and arrests are pending, the Task Force reported.