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June 5, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published June 6


Custom officers find 156 pounds of marijuana

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested a Canadian man at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in Lewiston on Thursday after officers discovered 156 pounds of marijuana in a tractor trailer he was driving.

Officers arrested Russell Gavin, 48, of Coldwater, Ont., for drug possession.

Customs officers were conducting random outbound vehicle inspections when they encountered Gavin, who was transporting a shipment of plants from Florida to Beamsville, Ont. Officers x-rayed the truck and discovered an anomaly in the refrigeration unit. Officers searched the truck and detected 156 pounds of a green, leafy substance. The substance was packaged into approximately 80 brick-like bundles and was concealed between the refrigeration coils of the unit.

Officers arrested Gavin and subsequently turned him over to the custody of the New York State Police.


Niagara Falls

• THEFT: Officers are looking into a car break-in in the 1400 block of Main Street. A 26-year-old man told police that sometime between 4:25 and 4:35 a.m. Tuesday someone broke into his 2010 Ford Mustang by using a set of keys that had previously been stolen. The victim said a purse, a laptop computer and a cell phone were taken.

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 2100 block of Fairfield Avenue. A 49-year-old man told officers that sometime between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday someone broke into his commercial storage yard by undisclosed means. The victim said a large quantity of cable and copper plumbing was taken.

• ARREST: A Falls woman was arrested after she flagged down undercover detectives in the 400 block of 19th Street at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. Vera Mangel, 35, 1727 Walnut Ave., Apt. 2, was charged with prostitution. 


Town of Lockport

• UNAUTHORIZED USE: A Ridge Road man reported that he gave his son permission to use his car on Sunday to go to Niagara County Campground, with an agreement that it would be returned by Sunday night. As of Wednesday, the car still hadn't been returned, and the man's son turned his phone off to avoid calls from his father, the Sheriff's Office said. The man did not want to press charges, but wanted assistance from the Sheriff's Office in locating the car, a 2000 tan Buick LeSabre. The man found the car on 3rd Street in Niagara Falls around 10 p.m. Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office said, and the attempt to locate was cancelled. 

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