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Three Grand Island men have been arrested on drug charges by Erie County sheriff’s deputies, two of them during a routine traffic stop on Bedell road and the third as he was spotted trying to hide garbage bags allegedly full of marijuana plants,

Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said Korey Dimatteo, 21, of Continental Lane and Edward A. Bolton, 22, of Bedell Road, were arrested during a traffic stop about 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Bedell after Deputies Michael Okal and Angela Kopacz reported finding a quantity of a suspected white powder drug, pills, a drug scale and a quantify of alleged marijuana in their car.

Based on further investigation several hours later, Senior Detective Alan Rozansky, chief of the sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau, and Detective Tim Carney arrested an alleged cohort of the two earlier suspects, Justin M. Kopenski, 22, of Colonial Drive, as he was allegedly trying to hide two garbage bags full of marijuana plants in a dumpster in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Grand Island Boulevard, the sheriff said.

Kopenski is charged with a felony count of trying to conceal or destroy physical evidence and misdemeanor counts of unlawfully growing cannabis and criminal possession of marijuana, Howard said.