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Southern Tier drug raid nets seven pounds of pot, two arrests

STEAMBURG - A pair of Steamburg residents face various drug charges after authorities in the Southern Tier raided  their North Loop Road home Wednesday, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department reported.

Vernon D. Pierce, 58, and Brian L. Pierce, 17, were each charged with felony criminal possession of marijuana and criminally using drug paraphernalia.

Police reported that about 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, with assistance from Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies, state troopers and Seneca Nation marshals, found seven pounds of marijuana, five suboxone strips and $3,000 cash during the raid.

Both were arraigned in Coldspring Town Court and released on their own recognizance pending a future court date.

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