The police action took Warren by surprise and she didn’t immediately know what investigators could have been looking for, a spokesman said.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren’s husband has been charged as part of a seven-month narcotics ring investigation after police seized $60,000 worth of cocaine, $100,000 in cash, three firearms and a rifle in raids on the mayor’s home and six other properties.
Timothy Granison, 42, was pulled over by police in his car Wednesday as part of the drugs trafficking probe and was found to be in possession of a large quantity of cocaine, authorities said.
Investigators then carried out a raid on the home he shares with the mayor and seized two firearms – a semi-automatic rifle and a loaded handgun.
The bust was part of a raid on seven homes over the last 24 hours to take out a mid-level drugs gang that has been ‘infecting the streets of Rochester’, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said at a press conference Thursday morning.
Seven people including Granison were arrested and charged in connection to the raids.
They are: 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.
Doorley said she expects more charges will be brought and more people will be arrested as part of the investigation.
When asked if Warren is ‘in trouble’ and part of the investigation, the DA refused to rule it out.
‘At this point I will say we’re not done with the investigation. It is still ongoing so I’m not going to comment at this time,’ she said.
She would also not comment on whether or not there is any connection between the case and the campaign finance charges brought against the mayor in the fall.
New York State Police Major Barry Chase said he wanted to speak to the mayor as part of the criminal investigation. His department has reached out to the mayor through her lawyers but is yet to hear back from her, he said.
Granison was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to sell.
He appeared via video in Rochester City Court from the Monroe County jail Thursday morning, where he pleaded not guilty to all counts.
Granison had spent the night in jail following his arrest the day before.
The New York State Police and Monroe County District Attorney have scheduled a late-morning press conference.
Granison has been embroiled in the criminal justice system before.
He was put on probation for five years after being arrested for his involvement in a jewelry store robbery that took place in March 1997 when he was 17 years old.