Rochester, NY – Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren’s husband, 42-year-old Timothy Granison, was arrested in possession of 31 grams of cocaine and an illegal handgun on Wednesday following a seven-month investigation.
New York State Police executed search warrants in seven locations within Rochester city limits on May 20 and May 21, including the home of the mayor, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.
More than two kilos of powder and crack cocaine had been recovered by midday on Thursday.
Authorities also found three handguns, a semi-automatic rifle, and more than $100,000 cash, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.
Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said not all of the search warrants had been completed yet and she expected to file additional charges.
New York State Police Major Barry Chase said investigators found one unregistered hand gun, a loaded magazine, and the semi-automatic rifle in the mayor’s house, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.
Officials have not yet said whether the rifle was legally owned.
“The handgun was unregistered, yes. The rifle has issues separate from that,” Major Chase told reporters, according to NBC News.
Granison was arrested and charged with three felonies, including two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminal possession of a firearm, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.
He pleaded not guilty to all three charges at his arraignment on May 20 and was released on his own recognizance.
Six other people have also been charged in connection with the ongoing investigation, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.
Granison is scheduled to appear in court on June 21, one day before the mayoral election primary in which his wife is running for a third term.
The Democrat & Chronicle reported that prosecutors were also expected to seek indictments from the grand jury.
The district attorney said that Rochester police and a Rochester-area narcotics task force initially identified Granison as a target about three months ago.
Doorley said the New York State Police took over the investigation at that point to avoid conflicts of interest and the appearance of impropriety, the NBC News reported.
“Once we learned that he was becoming a potential target, I determined, along with my staff, that in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, that we bring in the New York State Police,” the district attorney said.
Major Chase said that troopers have reached out to Warren’s attorney because investigators want to interview the mayor in connection with the drug investigation.
When the district attorney was asked if the mayor was also a target of the investigation, she wouldn’t say no, NBC News reported.
“I’m not saying that, I’m not commenting at this point,” Doorley said.
This is not the first time the mayor’s husband has run afoul of the law, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.
In 1997, he was convicted of the armed robbery of a jewelry store in Greece and sentenced to five years of probation.
Justin Roj, spokesman for the city of Rochester, said that the search warrants and her husband’s arrest took her completely by surprise, NBC News reported.
“The mayor is just learning about the events that unfolded this afternoon and has no more information than the rest of the community,” Roj said in a statement on Wednesday. “She hopes to learn more details this evening and will have a statement tomorrow.”