More than 8 pounds of marijuana seized in drug bust

Local police agencies seized 138 ounces of marijuana, or 8.625 pounds, as well as a quantity of concentrated cannibus, electronic scales, a vacuum sealer, packing materials and a large quantity of U.S. currency from a Pomfret home on Wednesday.

Hammad R. Zaidi, 46, of Main Street, Dunkirk, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana on Wednesday at 4:20 p.m. After an investigation by Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Dunkirk City Police Department and the United States DEA, a search was issued by County Court Judge Foley. The warrant was without incident and inside, Zaidi was found, police say.

Additional charges will be brought against Zaidi at a later date after the seized items are analyzed. Zaidi was arraigned and committed to Chautauqua County Jail pending further action by the court.

Authorities continue to ask members of the public to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics-related activity within their neighborhoods at either 1-800-344-8702 or 363-0313.