Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren’s husband has been arrested and is facing three felony charges. He is one of seven people who have been arrested in relation to an ongoing drug investigation.
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The drug and weapon possession charges stemmed from the Wednesday evening search of the home Warren shares with her husband Timothy Granison.
Here’s what we know.
When did the investigation begin?
Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley on Thursday morning said that Granison’s arrest stemmed from a seven-month-long investigation run by her office.
Initially, Doorley said, Rochester police and Rochester area’s narcotics team led the investigation, but once Granison emerged as a potential target, roughly three months ago, State Police took over that part of the investigation “to preserve the integrity of the investigation for obvious reasons.”
When was the arrest made?
New York State Police stopped Granison’s vehicle Wednesday afternoon on Birch Crescent in Rochester and cocaine was found inside his car, said New York State Police Major Barry Chase.
On Wednesday evening, New York State Police conducted a search at the home that Warren and Granison share at 93 Woodman Park.
What did police allege they found?
New York State Police on Wednesday and Thursday executed search warrants at seven locations within city limits, including Mayor Warren’s home. More than two kilos of powder and crack cocaine were recovered, as were three firearms and a semi-automatic rifle and more than $100,000 cash, Doorley said.
One unregistered hand gun, a loaded magazine and the semi-automatic rifle were recovered from the mayor’s house, New York State Police Major Barry Chase said. It was not yet clear if the rifle is illegal.
What charges have been filed against Granison?
Granison, 42, pleaded not guilty to three felonies — two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminal possession of a firearm.
According to City Court documents, Granison is accused of possessing 31 grams of cocaine and an unregistered gun.
Local lawyer John DeMarco represented Granison at the arraignment Thursday. Canandaigua City Court Judge Jacqueline Sisson remotely handled the arraignment from Canandaigua, while Granison appeared remotely via video from the Monroe County Jail.
Granison was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to return to court on June 21, which is one day before Rochester’s mayoral primary. Warren said Thursday that she thinks the date was political, but it was Granison’s lawyer who asked for a date weeks off because he has an out-of-state trial.
Do others face charges?
Granison was one of seven people charged in connection to the ongoing investigation, Doorley said. She said that not all search warrants were completed as of Thursday morning. Additional charges are expected, she said.
“We believe this whole organization was a mid-level drug organization that was infecting the City of Rochester,” Doorley said. “I think its very significant.”
She described those arrested as “mid-level suppliers.”
Doorley emphasized that the investigation was not politically-motivated, and it wasn’t until roughly three months ago that Granison “emerged as player in this narcotics ring.”
What has Mayor Warren said?
Thursday afternoon, Warren spoke out about her family situation, stating that while the pair lived in the same house to co-parent their daughter, they are legally separated.
In a five minute speech outside her City Hall office on Thursday afternoon, Warren repeatedly questioned the timing of her husband’s arrest.
She said she has experienced many emotions — confusion, anger, hurt and betrayal.
“I woke up with my daughter in my arms,” Warren said. “She looked up at me and said, ‘Mommy, this is not your fault, Don’t give up.'”
What has Malik Evans said?
Malik Evans, Warren’s Democratic primary opponent, said Thursday he is waiting to know more about the Granison arrest and its possible impact in “a city wracked with distraction right now.”
“Obviously, whenever drugs and guns are involved in a community that has a problem with those, it’s always concerning,” Evans told the D&C. “I will wait to hear more of the facts that will probably come to light in the next couple days.”
The primary vote is June 22.
Granison was released on his own recognizance. His lawyer asked for a 30-day break for his next appearance due to a previously scheduled trial commitment out of state, so Granison is scheduled to return to court on June 21, which is one day before Rochester’s mayoral primary.