Updated: May 20, 2021 10:39 PM
Created: May 20, 2021 10:49 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The husband of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren was arrested as part of a seven-month drug investigation that included wiretaps and the arrests of five other people.
Timothy Granison, 42, 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 Wednesday.
During a press conference Thursday, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said investigators executed search warrants at eight total locations Wednesday. Law enforcement seized three firearms, one semi-automatic rifle, over two kilos of powder and crack cocaine and over $100,000 in cash.
Two of the guns were found at the mayor's house. An unregistered handgun and loaded magazine as well as a semi-automatic rifle, which is currently at the crime lab where they will determine whether it's SAFE Act compliant.
During a press conference Thursday, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said Granison was not the specific target of the initial investigation, which was conducted at first with Rochester Police. However, four months in, he became a target, so the investigation switched over to New York State Police.
Law enforcement stopped Granison while he was driving Wednesday and say they found cocaine in the car. They then executed a search warrant at Granison's home that he shares with Warren and their daughter.
News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean asked Doorley if Warren is in any trouble, to which Doorley said she was "not going to comment."
Troopers say they are working to speak to Warren through her attorney, but they are still waiting to hear back as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
During his virtual arraignment Thursday, Granison's attorney John DeMarco says there are no lab reports, field tests, or supporting depositions to the accusatory documents he’s been provided. A judge denied DeMarco's request to dismiss the charges against Granison. The assistant district attorney says these complaints only provide notice of the charges against him.
Investigators say they are looking to speak with #ROC Mayor @lovelyawarren in regards to this criminal case. @nyspolice say they reached out to her attorney this morning and are waiting for a meeting. @news10nbc— Jennifer Lewke (@WHEC_JLewke) May 20, 2021
"As of right now, we have very little information, not any more information than I alluded to in court," DeMarco said. "There's two charges that allege possession of contraband. It appears to be cocaine and an allegation that there is a firearm inside the home that was not registered to, I believe, anybody that they believe to be residing in the home. I haven't heard that the firearm is illegal in any way, but simply a firearm that wasn't registered to the occupants."
Granison was released on his own recognizance since bail is not allowed on these charges. His next court date is set for June 21 at 10 a.m. — the day before the mayoral Democratic primary in Rochester. Warren is seeking a third term in office.
Five other people were arrested, including 39-year-old Dkeidron Dublin, 44-year-old Jason Siplin, 27-year-old Jason Siplin, Jr., 30-year-old Namon Brown, 19-year-old Ernest S. Gamble, and 32-year-old Lytrice Jackson.
A search warrant was executed at Dublin's home, where investigators say an unregistered gun was found. He pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. He is being held on $50,000 bail.
Siplin is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree and three counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree.
Siplin Jr. is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree and criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree.
Namon Brown was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree with intent to sell and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.
Lytrice Jackson was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree with intent to sell and two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree.
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