A Buffalo man arrested last May with 18 pounds of marijuana in his car pleaded guilty today to first-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
Andrew Powell, 30, of Gilbert Street, faces up to 5½ years in prison when he is sentenced June 13 by Erie County Judge Michael L. D’Amico. Powell is free on $15,000 bail.
Powell was arrested May 10 in a parking lot on East Eagle Street after arriving there in his car to make a marijuana sale, prosecutors said.
When narcotics detectives from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Buffalo Police Department asked Powell to get out of his vehicle, he threw a wad of paper containing marijuana on the ground, which they recovered.
After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, detectives found two packages of marijuana valued at about $40,000.
Powell, a native of Jamaica, is a permanent U.S. resident but faces immigration review, according to Erie County Assistant District Attorney Patrick B. Shanahan.