Troopers make drug arrests in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – New York State Police made five drug arrests over the weekend in Buffalo.

The first arrest was made Friday, when troopers say they stopped a vehicle because a driver wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. Police say there was marijuana in plain view, on the driver’s lap. Thirty-year-old Eric J. Taylor, of Amherst, allegedly had 64.6 grams of marijuana. He is charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

On Saturday, police say a driver was traveling the wrong way on Bird Avenue. Police say they arrested 21-year-old Joel S. Stephany, of Buffalo. He allegedly carried 10 Xanax pills, one Oxycodone pill, 29 grams of marijuana, and one dose of LSD. He now faces a number of drug charges.

Also Saturday, troopers stopped a vehicle on Niagara Street. They say 23-year-old Shawn A. Augustino was carrying 10 baggies of heroin, a hypodermic syringe and a small amount of marijuana. He is facing drug charges.

Another arrest was made on Niagara Street Saturday, when 21-year-old Robert Christopher was stopped for speeding. Police say they could smell marijuana during the stop. They allegedly discovered 20 grams of marijuana and a collapsible baton. He is facing unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a weapon.

Sunday, police stopped a vehicle for speeding and moving from a lane unsafely on Kerns Street. Police say 49-year-old Andre E. Bailey possessed a small bag of cocaine. He also had a suspended driver’s license, according to police. He was charged for criminal possession of a controlled substance. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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