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Rochester man who drove erratically on Delaware Ave. guilty on drug charges

A Rochester man with a history of drug arrests in Buffalo was found guilty by a State Supreme Court jury of two drug felonies and two lesser charges stemming from a traffic stop in November.

Frederick J. Hayden Larson, 59, was seen driving erratically on Delaware Avenue at about 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 21. When Buffalo police pulled over the vehicle, they found Hayden-Larson and another man in what was described as a “highly intoxicated state.” Testimony in Hayden-Larson’s trial indicated he and others had been on a binge of drug use and sex before the arrest.

Police found a large amount crystal methamphetamine in the car, along with a glass smoking pipe and a digital scale. The defense had maintained that all the illicit drugs and other materials belonged to the passenger in the car. It was also suggested that treatments for a medical condition, not methamphetamine use, is what caused Hayden-Larson to appear high.

Jurors rejected those arguments and found Hayden-Larson guilty of criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, and driving while ability impaired and failure to signal. He was acquitted on a charge of having drug paraphernalia.

Justice Russell P. Buscaglia set sentencing for Dec. 21.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Justin T. Wallens of the DA’s Narcotics Bureau.

Hayden-Larson is familiar to Buffalo police. He was arrested with two others in December 2012 on charges of running an illegal drug operation out of a home on Parker Avenue in North Buffalo. Police found crystal meth, prescription opioids and marijuana at that time.

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