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TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG CHARGES

A Niagara Falls motorist who was stopped for traffic violations was arrested on drug possession charges after a state trooper saw a marijuana pipe fall from his pocket early today, Trooper Jeffrey DePasquale said.

Trooper Milton Hudson searched the man's car as a result and found a bag containing 42 grams of what is believed to be marijuana, DePasquale said.

Matthew P. Murphy, 26, of 409 74th St. was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, driving while intoxicated, speeding and a red light violation, DePasquale said.

Murphy was stopped about 12:30 a.m. after allegedly passing a red light on Military and Lockport Roads, Town of Niagara, and was pursued by Hudson and Trooper Frederick Franklin.

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