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NIAGARA FALLS – The Niagara County Drug Task Force seized more than $2,000 in cash, approximately two ounces of marijuana, a digital scale and a grinder after a traffic stop Tuesday on 20th Street.

Bryant D. Searles Jr., 27, of Cleveland Avenue, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and a vehicle violation.

Niagara County sheriff’s deputies stopped Searles just before noon on 20th Street near Centre Avenue after they spotted an illegal tint on a side window of his vehicle. Deputies said they noticed a strong odor of marijuana and also found Searles’ license had been suspended.

The Niagara County Drug Task Force and K-9 unit searched the vehicle and investigators found some rolled marijuana in the center console, as well as approximately two ounces of marijuana in the trunk. In addition to other drug paraphernalia, deputies confiscated $2,380 that Searles was carrying.