Driver and passenger charged after traffic stop

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A driver and his passenger are facing a number of charges after a traffic stop on Niagara Street, in Buffalo, on Sunday. During the stop, police found the van was reported stolen out of the Town of Tonawanda.

New York State Police say 21-year-old Jeffrey E. Ciesla, of Orchard Park, was stopped for driving a vehicle with an expired inspection. Police say Ciesla was in the van with a 17-year-old female from Lockport. Both Ciesla and his passenger had warrants, Ciesla’s from Buffalo and the teenager’s from Tonawanda.

Troopers say Ciesla discovered a hypodermic needle in Ciesla’s pocket. In addition, they say they found two bottle caps with heroin along glassine envelopes containing heroin, all in the pocket of the female’s hoodie.

Both occupants were charged with criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized used of a vehicle. Ciesla was also charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and uninspected motor vehicle. His passenger is facing an additional drug charge.

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