ALBION – A 25-year-old Rochester man is being held in the Orleans County Jail following his arrest as the first suspect nabbed after a month-long investigation of a Village of Albion crack cocaine trafficking ring, Orleans County District Attorney Joseph V. Cardone said.
Tyriek A. Johnson is being held on $100.000 bail pending his appearance Tuesday in Albion court.
Johnson has been charged with one count each of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third-degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth-degree and tampering with physical evidence.
As the first public move after a month-long investigation, Johnson was arrested by agents of the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force and Albion Police who stopped his car on Ingersoll and East Bank streets in Albion. Agents reportedly stopped him from trying to swallow 26 bags of crack cocaine, Cardone said.
The crack and more than $500 in cash were taken from Johnson’s car .
Johnson was arraigned Friday morning before Albion Justice Gary Moore and further charges against him and the arrests of other suspects are pending, Cardone said.