on July 10, 2014 - 11:58 AM
, updated July 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM
A Town of Tonawanda man pulled over for speeding Wednesday afternoon on Ellicott Creek Road in the City of Tonawanda yielded police one of the biggest drug seizures in the city’s recent history.
A search of the man’s vehicle turned up 4.5 pounds of marijuana, along with hundreds of pills – including 262 Xanax, 45 Alprazolam and 26 Suboxone – marijuana butter and hash oil, as well as pipes, scales and grinders. Police also found two backpacks stuffed with $24,533 in cash.
City of Tonawanda Police Officer Frank Washburn stopped Graham M. Hagen, 25, of Parker Boulevard, for allegedly going 50 mph in a 30-mph zone at about 2:10 p.m.
The officer noticed a “strong odor of marijuana” in the car, police said in a statement.
“This was one of our larger seizures in the past few years. Based on the quantity and weight of the marijuana, the street value of the marijuana alone was $20,000,” said Police Capt. Fredric Foels in the statement.
A State Police drug-sniffing dog from Clarence was brought in to help in the investigation.
Hagen was charged with felony counts of criminal possession of narcotic drugs with intent to sell and criminal possession of marijuana, and other lower level charges – including a speeding ticket.
He was arraigned in City Court and bail was set at $10,000. A relative posted bail. A felony hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.