LOCKPORT – City police responded to a 911 hang up call early this morning and found a man and woman couldn’t get into their hotel room at the Comfort Inn on South Transit Road. Poice were asked to check the room and they found no intruders, but instead found bags of crack cocaine, pills, a large amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and both room residents were charged with felony sales and possession of a controlled substances.
Charles E. Griffith, 30, of Linwood Avenue, Niagara Falls and Brianna J. Brown, 25, of Millicent Avenue, Buffalo, were arraigned in City Court Tuesday on three felony counts of third and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree possession of marijuana; as well as misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of marijuana and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Brown was remanded to Niagara County jail on $10,000 bail and Griffith was remanded without bail. Return court dates for both were set for Wednesday.
The officer at the scene said the Comfort Inn general manager asked him to open the door to ensure the safety of Griffith and Brown, just before 4 a.m. Tuesday at the South Transit Road hotel and the officer said Griffith and Brown consented.
Once inside, the patrol noticed a strong odor of marijuana. A check of the room found marijuana in a plastic baggie on a bedside table and several more baggies in an open drawer, along crack cocaine, suspected narcotic prescription pills, rubber gloves, more plastic bags and a large amount of cash.