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Hundreds of illegal prescription pills found during traffic stop on Route 400

More than 200 illegal prescription pills were found inside a car pulled over along Route 400, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Catherine Hanson, 62, of Delevan, was pulled over at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday, after Deputy David Zamorek saw her swerving between lanes and driving on the shoulder in the Town of Elma. After Hanson failed field sobriety tests, a drug recognition expert was called in to further evaluate her, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

It was determined Hanson was impaired by drugs, the spokesman said; because of a previous conviction, the charge against her is a felony.

While inventorying the contents of Hanson’s car, the deputy discovered a bottle containing hydrocodone pills prescribed to a different person, as well as a plastic bag and unlabeled containers containing various pills. There were 241 pills in all, the spokesman said.

As a result, Hanson also faces with several drug-related charges, including two felony counts of possession of narcotics.

Hanson is in the county holding center, pending an appearance in Elma Town Court.