Troopers make drug arrests in Buffalo

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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.

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