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Couple faces drug, child endangerment charges after traffic stop

A Dewittville couple faces drug and child endangerment charges after they were stopped by Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies Saturday.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the vehicle in which the couple was riding was stopped at about 9:12 p.m. in Stockton for having inadequate tail lamps. Deputies determined the driver, William C. Soto, 36, allegedly had a small amount of marijuana and a device for smoking the drug.

A passenger, Tricia M. Erhard, 34, was found in possession of a pistol and a controlled substance that was outside of its original container, deputies said.

The couple had a child in the vehicle under 17, according to the Sheriff's Office.

In addition to being charged for driving with an inadequate tail lamp, Soto was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. Erhard was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, second-degree criminal possession of controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance outside of its original container. They will answer the charges in Stockton Town Court, the Sheriff's Office said.

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