Three suspected drug dealers were taken into custody in Byron on Wednesday after at least one of them was allegedly involved in a drug transaction with an undercover agent.
The undercover operation in Byron was the culmination of a two-month long investigation by the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.
Arrested were Richard L. Conte, 19, of 723 S. Main St., Medina, Reynoldo Melendez Jr., 23, of 75 Arnett Blvd., Rochester, and Louis Staples, 17, of 75 Arnett Blvd., Rochester.
All three were transported to the Genesee County Jail and held on $50,000 bail each.
Following those three arrests, a fourth suspect was arrested in Clarendon.
Investigators executed a search warrant at 4955 Holley-Byron Road, Clarendon, where Kristina A. Brongo, 19, a resident of that address, was taken into custody.
The four alleged dealers are suspected of illegally selling mostly prescription drugs in both Orleans and Genesee counties.
Task force members seized a quantity of drugs, including oxymorphone, also known as opanas, oxycontin and morphine with a street value in excess of $3,000.
Also seized was a quantity of marijuana along with $1,000 in cash, scales, packaging and other drug paraphernalia.
Besides the four suspected drug dealers arrested, two teenage girls, whose names were not released, were apprehended during the investigation and cited for alleged unlawful possession of marijuana.
Conte, Melendez and Staples were all charged with one count each of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 3rd, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 4th.
Brongo was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd, and criminal sale of marijuana.
Photos: Conti, top, Melendez and Staples.