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Police say elderly man died of natural causes

The body of an elderly man recovered Thursday evening from a Grant Street senior citizens residence apparently died of natural causes, Buffalo police confirmed Friday.

The 80-year-old man, with an apparent history of illness, was found dead in his second-floor apartment at School House Commons, 1005 Grant St. He had an injury to his head when found, police said.

Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives, said an autopsy Friday determined there was no foul play.

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Maryland man charged with possession of pot

A Maryland man faces felony marijuana possession charges after he was by caught by police with 35 pounds of marijuana stuffed into two 5-gallon buckets in the trunk of a rental car, Buffalo police said.

Randolph W. Barrow, 26, of Takoma Park, Md., was stopped shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday in a rented 2008 Dodge Avenger at Bailey and Davidson avenues. Police said Barrow's vehicle matched the description of an earlier call of a man with a gun.

Northeast District officers Melanie A. Neureuther and John E. Sanders were on patrol at the time and conducted the traffic stop.

"Police had been looking for a vehicle matching that description," said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives. "When he was stopped, he consented to allow the officers to search the vehicle, and officers found about 35 pounds of marijuana."

Richards said the marijuana, which was packaged in brick form, was not suspected to be of the highly potent hydroponic variety. Richards estimated that the street value of the marijuana was about $800 to $900 per pound.

Richards said federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration assisted Buffalo narcotics detectives with the case and lauded Neureuther and Sanders for their "pro-active and aggressive street patrol."

Barrow was charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and taken into custody pending court action. If convicted, Barrow faces up to 15 years in prison.

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