2 face charges after meth found in traffic stop

CHAUTAUQUA — Two county men, nabbed with methamphetamine early Thursday, are facing numerous charges after a traffic stop.

Around 4:46 a.m., Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies on patrol stopped a vehicle for an observed traffic violation on Lakeview Ave in the town. The male operator repeatedly provided deputies with a false name and date of birth.

Eventually, the operator was identified as Christopher T. McNett, 31, of Brocton. It was discovered that McNett’s driving privileges were revoked due to DWI conviction. McNett was also found in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine.

Further investigation found that a passenger, Leroy W. Stepp Jr., 28, possessed quantities of marijuana and methamphetamine.

McNett was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession controlled substance, false personation, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operator, operating a motor vehicle without interlock, and unregistered motor vehicle.

Stepp was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession controlled substance and second-degree unlawful possession marijuana. Both men were processed and released with appearance tickets.