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TRAFFIC STOPS LEAD TO ARRESTS ON DRUG CHARGES

People with illegal drugs in their car sometimes give themselves away by their driving, police said Sunday.

They cited several cases.

Stopped in his pickup truck for not wearing his seat belt Saturday, an Elma man soon found himself in deeper trouble with Northeast District officers, police said.

"In plain view on passenger-side floor was a metal crack pipe," officers wrote in their report. "Further search (uncovered) 13 bags of crack cocaine."

In addition to not fastening his seat belt, Billy D. Burdette, 38, of 331 Jamison Road, Elma, was charged with three counts of drug possession.

In other cases:

An illegal turn at Miller and Walden avenues Saturday night attracted the attention of Genesee Station officers, who pulled over John F. Dufrene, 32, of South Orange, N.J. Officers said they found three plastic bags of crack cocaine hidden in the gearshift.

Northwest District officers said they saw Karen A. Vargas, 27, of 116 Pooley St. entering traffic unsafely at Potomac Avenue and Baynes Street Saturday. Three glass pipes were in plain view in her car, they said, and a search turned up nine bags of crack cocaine. She was charged with drug possession, driving without a license and unsafely entering traffic.

Broadway Station officers on routine patrol stopped Sharn V. Luper, 20, of 57 Kirkpatrick St. in his car near 1168 Sycamore St. Saturday night. He was found in possession of 53 bags of crack cocaine, some marijuana and a loaded 12-gauge shotgun with a pistol grip. Police charged him with drug possession and criminal possession of a weapon.

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