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A 40-year-old Brooklyn man described as a violent felon was arrested by the Erie County sheriff’s narcotics detectives Friday night allegedly bringing about 33 pounds of marijuana into Amherst.

Mihn Chi Huynh, a native of Vietnam who reportedly has been in the United State for about 20 years on a temporary” visa, was stopped by detectives at about 7 p.m. He allegedly threw a suitcase containing eight pounds of marijuana from his car; another 25 pounds were found in the trunk.

He was taken into custody after a brief foot chase, initially on aggravated unlicensed driving charges, and now faces a felony charge of first-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

He is being held in the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment today in Amherst Town Court.

Sheriff Timothy Howard said the street value of the marijuana seized is estimated at about $150,000.

Howard said Huynh has been under investigation for the last several months in connection with the transportation and sale of significant quantities of marijuana.

He was paroled in 2007 following a conviction for an armed home invasion in Queens in 1992.

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