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Driver and Passenger Arrested on Felony Drug Charges in Grand Island.




Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies arrested two males on Grand Island on October 16, following a traffic stop. Around 11:13 P.M., a vehicle was stopped at Staley and Interstate 190 for vehicle and traffic law violations. While speaking with the occupants, the passenger displayed a digital scale with white powder residue on it and explained it was “cut.” Further investigation discovered a packet of heroin, a packet of hashish, and two packages of cocaine. 37-year-old Richard Rusiniak of Cheektowaga, the driver, was arrested and charged with a felony count of criminal possession of cocaine, two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, and a vehicle and traffic law violation. Daniel Charles, 55 of Niagara Falls, is charged with a felony count of criminal possession of cocaine, two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and a misdemeanor count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia. The defendants are held at the Erie County Holding Center pending their arraignment in Grand Island Town Court.


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