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A traffic infraction led to the arrest of two Buffalo men accused of possessing two pounds of crack cocaine, Buffalo police said.

Officers John Molenda and Timothy Mulhern of Precinct 11 were on patrol at 11:30 p.m. Saturday when they saw a van run a stop sign at Rohe Street and Bailey Avenue, Lt. Mark Taggart said.

As officers tried to stop the van, they were able to recover a plastic bag that was thrown from the van, according to Taggart.

"They looked into the bag, and it was loaded with what they believed at the time was crack cocaine," Taggart said.

The bag contained smaller plastic bags, which held a total of about two pounds of crack, police said.

"That's a whole lot of crack cocaine," Taggart said, adding he was not sure of the street value.

The officers said they were able to stop the van on Goemble Avenue. The passenger fled the scene, but the driver, Timothy E. Thompson, 33, of Grey Street, was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to police.

Molenda and Mulhern retraced their route at about 3 a.m. Sunday and noticed the van passenger who had fled a few hours earlier, Taggart said.

They apprehended Robert L. Davis III, 30, of Goodyear Avenue, who was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, police said.

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