Updated: June 09, 2021 09:44 AM
Created: June 07, 2021 01:48 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The husband of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is now facing federal drug charges as part of what prosecutors are calling a drug trafficking organization.
Federal prosecutors announced Monday Timothy Granison is among the six people charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute, and distribute, at least 280 grams or more of cocaine base and at least 500 grams or more of cocaine.
The charges stem from a seven-month wiretap investigation that led to the arrests of Granison and five other men. Granison pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of a firearm, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (narcotics), and third-degree criminal possession of narcotics (intent to sell) following a raid at Warren and Granison's home on May 19. Police also seized more than $100,000 cash and four guns. Police say two of them were found at the house.
On May 14, the federal complaint says Granison did a drug deal in the back seat of his SUV "with his young daughter in the front seat." On May 16, the complaint says Granison did another drug deal using a car "registered to an individual with the initials L.W." The next line in the complaint says "Timothy GRANISON is known to be married to L.W."
L.W. is Mayor Lovely Warren.
The house Warren and Granison share was raided by state police on May 19.
Nowhere in the complaint does it say the mayor was in the vehicles. The mayor is not charged or named in any of the allegations.
Warren insisted she "did nothing wrong" following Granison's arrest. The mayor's office released the following statement Monday.
“As Mayor Warren has stated, this investigation has nothing to do with her and she will not allow it, or anything else, to distract her from meeting the needs of our city’s people and caring for her daughter. That continues to be true today.”
Also arrested following the wiretap investigation were 39-year-old Dkeidron Dublin, 44-year-old Jason Siplin, 27-year-old Jason Siplin, Jr. 19-year-old Ernest S. Gamble, and 32-year-old Lytrice Jackson.
The 68-page criminal complaint alleges the elder Siplin is the lead organizer of the alleged drug ring.
View the complaint in its entirety below.
Siplin, Siplin, Jr., Gamble, and Dublin made an initial court appearance Monday and were detained. Granison made an initial appearance and was released on conditions. Granison's next court date is set for June 21 at 10 a.m., a day before the Democratic primary for mayor.
The charges carry a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum penalty of life in prison, as well as a $10,000,000 fine.
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