Several are arraigned on drug charges in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 July 2017 at 6:21 pm

ALBION – Orleans County Court was busy this afternoon with several arraignments for people accused of drug crimes in the county.

The arraignments include:

Lamar L. Nelson, 28, of Monroe Avenue in Rochester. On approximately May 1, he sold cocaine and had it in his possession, according to the indictment.

He faces multiple charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession in the fourth degree as well as criminally using drug paraphernalia.

County Court Judges James Punch set bail at $50,000, citing Nelson’s previous criminal and a failure to appear in court.

Nelson was arrested on May 1 with two codefendants following an investigation in the sale of crack cocaine from Rochester to Albion.

One of the other codefendants, Virginia A. Rivera, 36, of West Avenue in Albion also was arraigned in court for criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Rivera doesn’t have a prior criminal record, but Punch said she was actively involved in the drug sales in Albion.

He set bail at $10,000 for her.

Another codefendant, Shanya Beasley, 38, of Kingston Street in Rochester is expected to be arraigned in County Court later this month.

Andrew Coley, 19, of Platt Street in Albion was arraigned on multiple drug charges for allegedly selling crack cocaine in Orleans County. He was arraigned on criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance  in the third degree, as well as criminal sale in the fifth.

Judge Punch set bail at $10,000.

Coley is awaiting sentencing on a different charge for endangering the welfare of a child. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 26 and could face a year in jail for that charge.

A mother and son are both facing drug charges after the mother allegedly tried to introduce the narcotic Soboxone into the Orleans County Jail.

Joshua Grosskopf, 26, faces 2 counts of first-degree promoting prison contraband and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Grosskopf is serving a 6-month sentence for petit larceny.

Judge Punch said Grosskopf has two prior felonies. The judge set bail at $50,000.

Grosskopf’s mother, Mary Walton, 58, of Albion is expected to be arraigned later this month for promoting prison contraband by allegedly bringing the narcotic into the jail.

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