Ava woman accused of driving unlicensed with illegal fireworks, drug materials

An Oneida County woman is facing charges after a traffic stop led to the discovery that she was driving without a license and had illegal fireworks and drug materials in her car, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Posted: Jul 5, 2018 12:42 PM

An Oneida County woman is facing charges after a traffic stop led to the discovery that she was driving without a license and had illegal fireworks and drug materials in her car, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

At approximately 3:16 a.m. July 2, deputies stopped a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Abigail Loomis of Ava after she was seen driving 63 mph in a 45 mph zone through the village of Turin.

During the traffic stop, deputies say Loomis gave them a false last name in an attempt to hide the fact that she was driving with a suspended license and also had an active warrant for her arrest.

Deputies say while they were conducting their investigation, they saw a large amount of illegal fireworks in the back seat of Loomis’ vehicle, in plain view. Loomis was then taken into custody and while deputies were seizing the illegal fireworks, they also found several hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia.

Deputies say they also found several dozen small white pills that appeared to be hydromorphone, an opiate medication.

Loomis was issued appearance tickets for speeding, unlicensed operation, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, which are all returnable to the Village of Turin Court at a later date.

In the town of West Turin, Loomis was also issued appearance tickets for unlicensed operation, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawfully dealing with fireworks and false personation.

Deputies say that additional charges regarding controlled substances and drug paraphernalia are pending positive identification of the pills that were seized by the New York State Police Forensic Lab.

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