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Three charged with marijuana possession

NIAGARA FALLS — A driver using his cell phone while driving led to a traffic stop, but the driver and his passengers faced further charges when Niagara County sheriff’s deputies uncovered nearly 40 grams of marijuana in the vehicle.

Driver Taylor A. Boyea-Hunt, 20, of 90th St., Niagara Falls, was stopped at 6:20 p.m. Sunday in the 10100 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. A deputy noticed the odor of marijuana in the vehicle. Boyea-Hunt said they had just finished smoking a blunt and handed over the remainder.

Passengers Jameel M. Ali, 22, and Cravon J. Paige, 18, both of the same address on Pershing Avenue in Niagara Falls denied having any more marijuana, but a deputy found a small bag in Ali’s pocket, as well as 28 grams in the glove compartment and another 10 grams and a small scale with residue in the back seat.

The three were charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Boyea-Hunt was issued a ticket for using a mobile device while driving and having tinted side windows.