Two people charged with dealing cocaine following arrests at Days Inn
Two people accused of dealing cocaine were arrested at the Days Inn at 200 Oak St., Batavia, early this morning.
Both were arraigned in City Court at 11 a.m.
Taheed M. Moffett and Lekisha M. Avant are both charged with criminal possession with intent to sell and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Judge Robert Balbick set bail for Moffett at $50,000 and for Avant at $15,000.
According to First Assistant District Attorney David Gann, if convicted, Moffett will have a second felony conviction. He also has a pending robbery charge.
Moffett, who was not represented in court by an attorney, which is common at this stage of criminal procedures, asked for reduced bail.
"I've been at every court date and haven't been late for one court date," Moffett said. "I hope that can be taken into consideration. I'm not a flight risk. I have family in the area and I've been coming to court."
Later, Moffett said he didn't understand why he was arrested.
"I know you've got nothing to do with this, Judge Balbick, but I didn't possess anything," Moffett said. "The other person had it."
Balbick explained that the state will have to prove its case at a preliminary hearing, but for now he was being arraigned on these charges.
Avant said she's only had a prior disorderly conduct charge, and that she lives with her mother and recently completed Job Corps.
If convicted, Moffett could be sentenced from two to 12 years, according to Gann. Avant's possible sentence is nine years.
Earlier today, Sheriff Gary Maha said there will be a press release forthcoming about the raid at the Days Inn at 12:30 a.m. At this time, we don't know if any other individuals were involved.
UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: The Sheriff's Office has issued a press release on this case:
Moffett is 25 and a resident of 33 Turner St., Rochester.
Avant is 22 and a resident of 314 Woodbine St., Rochester.
Members of the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force executed a search warrant over night on Room 121 of the Days Inn. Batavia Police received a tip about crack cocaine sales at the hotel. The Sheriff's Office says more than $1,000 in crack cocaine was found in the search.