Jail deputy suspended after being charged with possessing cocaine, impaired driving

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An Erie County jail deputy faces a felony drug charge after he was arrested Saturday following a weekslong investigation, according to Buffalo City Court records and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

John A. Gugino, 44, also was charged with impaired driving, according to the court records and the agency.

The Sheriff’s Office said Gugino, who was suspended without pay from his job at the Erie County Holding Center, was arrested after a three-week investigation that began after anonymous tips to the Sheriff’s Office narcotics and intelligence units.

Gugino was arrested at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday after being stopped by a sheriff’s deputy near Milestrip Road and the exit ramp from the I-90 in Hamburg. 

Deputies found cocaine, marijuana and a marijuana pipe in his vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

Gugino pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Sunday before City Court Judge Betty Calvo-Torres. He’s been charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony; first-degree operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor; and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. He was also ticketed for driving without a valid inspection certificate, according to court records.

“We take these allegations seriously and John and his family look forward to an opportunity to address them at the appropriate time in the appropriate forum,” said James Q. Auricchio, Gugino’s defense attorney. “The case is brand new and we have not been provided with much in the way of discovery. I think we all need time to understand the details before we comment.”

Gugino’s next court date is scheduled for Dec. 3https://buffalonews.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/jail-deputy-suspended-after-being-charged-with-possessing-cocaine-impaired-driving/article_c728bc08-1224-11eb-9863-8fb42701ea31.html

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