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Failing to use seat belt puts man in jail

A 20-year-old Buffalo man remained in the Erie County Holding Center Wednesday evening, hours after his Buffalo City Court arraignment, all because his failure to use a seat belt attracted the attention Tuesday night of two state troopers assigned to the Buffalo Strike Force.

Desean D. Hicks, no address disclosed, was arrested by Troopers Brian Redman and Ryan Hadsall after his vehicle was pulled over on Sycamore Street late in the night.

As Hicks allegedly tossed a small quantity of marijuana out his car window before pulling over, the troopers did a computer check and found he was wanted on a Buffalo City Court bench warrant in a weapons case. In addition to taking Hicks into custody on the warrant, the troopers also lodged charges of unlawful possession of marijuana, obstructing governmental administration, tampering with evidence and failure to wear a seat belt. He was remanded to the holding center following his arraignment Wednesday morning in Buffalo City Court.