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Not wearing seat belt leads to heroin arrest

A 38-year-old George Street man was arrested on drug charges after state troopers assigned to the Buffalo Police Strike Force stopped his vehicle about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on Maryland Street because he was not using a seat belt.

Daniel Mercado was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance after troopers reportedly found three packets of heroin in his wallet as he was looking for identification papers. He also was charged with driving without a license.