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A crack cocaine pipeline from Manhattan to Dunkirk was interrupted Monday when police arrested a man they believe transported thousands of dollars of the drug to the city each month, authorities said.

Julio A. Montalvo, 20, of Grant Avenue, was charged with criminal possession of more than an eighth of an ounce of crack and criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, Dunkirk police said.

Authorities searched Montalvo's car after stopping it about 3 p.m. at Main Street near Fifth Street. With assistance from "Moose," the department's drug-sniffing dog, suspected drugs were found in the 1989 Buick, officers said.

"Moose located crack cocaine secreted in Montalvo's vehicle," a department official stated, adding: "Police investigators believe Montalvo was transporting several thousands of dollars in crack cocaine a month from the New York area to Dunkirk."

Montalvo, who was under investigation for the past two months by police, was detained at the city jail pending his arraignment.

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