Alleged drug dealer behind bars after bail revoked

An alleged drug dealer awaiting trial in Warren County is now behind bars.

Judge Gregory Hammond revoked bail against Christopher A. Cross, 34, after a brief hearing on Monday afternoon.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies said that they pulled over Cross on September 9 at 2:02 a.m. on Rt. 60 in the Town of Gerry for speeding.

“The operator of the vehicle was identified as Christopher A. Cross and investigation found him to be in possession of a controlled substance,” Deputies said. “Cross was issued an appearance ticket for criminal possession of a controlled substance… (and) will appear in Town of Gerry Court at a later date to answer (to the) charges.”

First Assistant District Attorney Cody Brown told the court on Wednesday that Cross picked up the charges and provided documentation to the court.

Cross’ attorney, Robert Kinnear, said there is “not much argument here” and added that Cross has yet to have a preliminary hearing in New York.

Hammond then said he would revoke bail and that Cross would stand committed to the Warren County Jail pending disposition of his criminal charges.

He added that he would consider inpatient treatment as a bail condition but said that Cross’ “rather extensive record” and similar charges in New York would impact that decision.

Back in July, investigators with the Warren County Drug Task Force used a flashbang grenade at Cross’ residence, 5 1/2 Dahl St., to affect his arrest.

“The Warren County Drug Task Force conducted numerous controlled buys out of the residence,” Task Force Coordinator Bill Mickle said at the time.

Mickle said that Cross and a co-defendant were involved in trafficking methamphetamine and bath salts. Cross was taken from the scene in an ambulance. “He displayed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance,” Mickle said.

In Warren County, Cross faces four counts of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver narcotics; three counts of criminal use of a communication facility; and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Bail was initially set at $30,000 for Cross, which he posted.

Cross, who appeared for Monday’s proceeding, was immediately taken into custody by a Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy.