Several arraigned in county court on drug charges
ALBION – Several people were arraigned in Orleans County Court on drug charges on Monday.
Jerry Walls, 45, of Brockport faces the most charges and has been jailed on $200,000 bail. Walls was arraigned by Judge James Punch on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, eight counts of CPCS in the fifth degree, two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, and five counts of CSCS in the fourth degree.
Walls, a resident of 71 West Ave., Apt. 45, was arrested in December with two others following a five-month investigation into the sale and distribution of prescription narcotics in the Village of Albion, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force reported on Dec. 4.
Police seized hundreds of prescription morphine and Hydrocodone pills, which were obtained through Medicare and Medicaid programs. The Task Force worked with the Albion Police Department and Orleans County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation.
Vickie Hughes, 49, of 71 West Ave., Apt. 45 in Brockport, was arrested with Walls in December. She also was arraigned on multiple drug charges on Monday and bail was set at $25,000.
John B. Lang Jr., 56, of Albion also was part of the trio arrested in the alleged drug activity. Lang, of 175 North Main St., Apt. 16, was previously arraigned in county court. He remains in jail.
In other arraignments on Monday:
A Brockport resident, Jesus M. Vargas, 35, was arraigned on several drug charges and jailed on $200,000 bail.
Vargas was arrested in December following a three-month-investigation into the sale and distribution of cocaine and marijuana in Orleans County and the Village of Brockport, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force reported on Dec. 22.
Vargas was living at 18 North Main St., Apt. 111 – The Villager Apartments – when he was arrested. He was arraigned on four counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Three people in a car accident on Jan. 12 on Ridge Road in Gaines were arraigned on fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
In addition to that charge, Nathan L. Parsad, 24, of 5513 Gates Dr., Williamson, also was arraigned on driving while ability impaired by drugs.
Two passengers – Caitlin E. Jones, 29, of 3145 Hopkins Rd., Canandaigua; and Eric L. Shirley, 28, of 5253 Route 21 Canandaigua – also were arraigned in court.
Following the car accident, police found drugs in the vehicle, District Attorney Joe Cardone said on Monday.
The judge set bail at $5,000 each for all three.
All of the defendants arraigned on Monday pleaded not guilty to the charges.