Medina Journal-Register — The owners of the Biz-Nest in Medina were among three people arrested this week in an Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force operation.
After a year-long investigation into the sale and distribution of crack cocaine and marijuana in the villages of Medina and Albion, the Task Force executed multiple warrants Wednesday. Assisting in the execution were the Medina and Albion police departments, the Orleans County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The warrants were executed at 746 Church St., 751 Church St. and the Biz-Nest, 525 Main St, all in Medina, and on a vehicle on West Avenue in Albion.
Brenton O. Poole, 28, and Erika H. Poole, 34, both of 746 Church St., and Norman M. Bloom Jr., 26, of 704 Church St., were taken into custody.
The Pooles, who are spouses, both were charged with four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
Bloom was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest.
From the searched locations, police seized more than three ounces of cocaine, two pounds of marijuana, a quantity of heroin, ecstasy pills, a variety of prescription narcotic pills, a variety of "bath salts," more than $3,000 cash, a semi-automatic rifle, scales, packaging and other drug paraphernalia.
At the Biz-Nest, police said they also seized more than 1,000 pirated movies that were being sold from the store, as well as numerous items of counterfeit clothing and merchandise.
According to Supervising Investigator Joseph Sacco, all of the drugs and the gun were taken from the Pooles' home.
Homeland Security investigators assisted because of the possibility of the pirated videos leading to federal charges, Sacco said.
Surveillance during the investigation gave the Task Force probable cause to search the Biz-Nest and 751 Church St., the house across the street from the Pooles' home, Sacco said.
The Pooles were arraigned in Albion Town Court by the Hon. Gary Moore, who ordered them held at Orleans County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. They're due to appear in Shelby Justice Court at 3 p.m. Feb. 19.
Bloom also was arraigned by Moore and was ordered jailed in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. Bloom is currently on parole with the New York State Department of Corrections and is being held on a parole detainer as well.
The investigation is considered to be ongoing and further charges are pending, according to Sacco.