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May 19, 2014

Police: 66 pounds of pot found in Bronx man's car

Bronx man arrested by St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police

HOGANSBURG — A Bronx man was arrested after officers found almost 66 pounds of marijuana in his car, police said.

Raymond Loraespinosa, 25, was charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony, and failure to keep right, a traffic violation, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police said in a news release.

On May 10, Tribal Police saw a gray Honda Accord entering the intersection of Cook Road and Tarbell Road in the Town of Hogansburg, police said.

Officers followed the vehicle onto Tarbell Road, where the car failed to stay in its designated lane, police said, turning onto Route 37 heading toward Fort Covington.

Police stopped the car and interviewed Loraespinosa, who consented to a search of his vehicle, the release said.

Police dog Benny Ward alerted officers to a possible presence of drugs in the rear of the vehicle, authorities said, and in the trunk, they found two large duffle bags containing 65.9 pounds of marijuana.

Loraespinosa was arraigned and sent to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond.

He is due back in court on Tuesday, May 20.

 Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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