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Several face drug and alcohol charges in weekend blitz in Niagara County

Four people face drug and drunken driving charges in a series of unrelated traffic stops by New York State Police in Niagara County this past weekend.

On Friday, Faraz Ahmad, 31, of Niagara Falls, was stopped on Route 62 in the City of Niagara Falls for a seatbelt violation and charged after troopers said they found several hydrocodone pills and a marijuana grinder with residue. Ahmad was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, controlled substance in a non-original container and seventh-degree criminal possession of controlled substance.

Timothy R. Clark, 40, of Amherst, was stopped Friday on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield for failure to keep right and charged with driving while intoxicated.

On Saturday, Brandon Ranney, 26, of Lockport was stopped for speeding on Route 31 in the Town of Lewiston. In addition to traffic charges he was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after police located two pill bottles containing approximately four grams of marijuana.

On Sunday, Leonard C. Block, 41, of Niagara Falls, was stopped on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the City of Niagara Falls and charged with failure to keep right and moving from a lane unsafely. He was found with a blood alcohol of 0.13 percent, which is above the limit of 0.08 percent and he was charged with driving while intoxicated.