Driver and passenger arrested on narcotics charges

BRANT — Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports two people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop near Evangola State Park.

On Tuesday around 1 a.m., deputies stopped a vehicle on Route 5 in the town of Brant for vehicle and traffic violations. Their investigation allegedly discovered cocaine, a pipe, and a hypodermic needle. The deputies also discovered the passenger, Laura Wojciechowski, 30 of Hamburg, had an active bench warrant out of Buffalo for drug-related charges. Wojciechowski and Richard Crull, 33 of North Collins, were arrested and taken to the holding center.

Crull, the driver, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle without a license, operating a vehicle without insurance, and two other vehicle and traffic law violations. Wojciechowski was charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Crull was later released after posting $250 bail while Wojciechowski remains at the holding center pending her arraignment.