Three charged with marijuana following traffic stop

Three City of Dunkirk men are in the Dunkirk City lockup Friday evening on a variety of charges related to the possession and sale of illicit drugs.

According to Dunkirk Police, the incident began just after 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon when a Dunkirk Police patrol officer made a traffic stop for a minor traffic violation on Main Street near the intersection of E. 4th St.

The officer observed Noel Rodriguez, 33, of 124 Maple Ave., Dunkirk, who was wanted on an outstanding felony indictment warrant out of Chautauqua County Court for two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in the front passenger seat. Additional patrol units arrived to assist and Rodriguez was taken into custody without incident.

Police said a strong odor of marijuana was coming from inside the vehicle, which prompted officers to remove the driver and the back seat passenger and the vehicle was searched.

During the search officers allegedly located two mason jars filled with high quality marijuana buds and several marijuana blunts.

The driver, identified as Javier Hernandez-Gonzalez, 23, of 72 Lincoln Ave., Dunkirk was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of marijuana and failure to use headlights in inclement weather.

The back seat passenger, identified as Marvin J. Harvey, 22, of 154 Maple Ave., Dunkirk, was charged with fifth-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of marijuana. An additional charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance was also filed against Harvey after several Ecstasy pills were allegedly located in his possession during a booking search.

All three men were locked up in the City Jail pending arraignment in Dunkirk City Court.

Rodriguez will be transferred to Chautauqua County Court to face the felony counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.