Gamel Grant

HARRISON – Police confiscated two pounds of marijuana — packaged in 24 small bags along with a scale — from a Connecticut passenger during a traffic stop on the Hutchinson River Parkway Monday, officials said.

Gamel Grant, 32, of Bridgeport was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony, and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Westchester County Police Officer Steven Stromberg smelled a strong odor of marijuana from inside the vehicle he stopped on the northbound lanes of the parkway near the Interstate 287 interchange at 12:51 p.m., public information officer Kieran O’Leary said.

Several clear bags of the marijuana were found among clothes in the rear seat, while the rest of the drugs and scale were found in a knapsack in the vehicle that Grant identified as his, O’Leary said.

The driver, who police did not name, was issued summonses for unlawful possession of marijuana and illegally tinted vehicle windows, both violations. Grant was held on $5,000 bail at Westchester County Jail in Valhalla and was expected to appear in Harrison Town Court Tuesday.

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