LIVINGSTON COUNTY, NY – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office reports that Samantha Ciaramella, 25, Dansville, is accused of being pulled over on 390 in Livingston County and having 8 bags of heroin and some methadone pills in her vehicle.
Full press release from Sheriff Tom Doughtery:
On May 30, 2018 Deputy Shawn Whitford was assigned to the Sheriff’s Operation Safe Interstate initiative when he stopped a vehicle on Interstate 390 for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law. The Deputy Sheriff identified the driver of the vehicle as 25 year old Samantha M. Ciaramella. The Deputy Sheriff further suspected that Ciaramella was operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs and began a roadside DWAI Drug investigation including standardized field sobriety tests.
Following the roadside investigation Ciaramella was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. The Deputy Sheriff also found that Ciaramella was in possession of Methadone pills. Methadone is a controlled substance and Ciaramella did not have a prescription for it. She was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.
Ciaramella was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where Deputy Brandan Flickner, who is a Certified Drug Recognition Officer, conducted an evaluation on Ciaramella. It was the Deputy Sheriff’s expert opinion that Ciaramella was under the influence of a narcotic analgesic and could not operate a vehicle safely.
Deputy Whitford also suspected that Ciaramella actions during the transport to the Sheriff’s Office were not normal. A check of the patrol vehicle revealed that Ciaramella had tried to discard 8 bags of heroin in the back seat. The heroin was recovered and Ciaramella was then additionally charged with felony Tampering with Physical Evidence, as well as another count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.