$17,000 in Marijuana Found in Car in New Haven

A 34-year-old Hamden man is facing charges after police pulled him over for not wearing his seatbelt and reportedly found more than $17,000 worth of marijuana in his car.

Marquise McDuffie-Burroughs, of Hamden, was driving in the area of Peck Alley when officers stopped him. Police said McDuffie-Burroughs seemed nervous when officers approached and said he was there to see a friend but couldn’t come up with a name or address.

Police smelled marijuana in the car and found a small bag in McDuffie-Burroughs’ pocket. They arrested him, then searched the car and found an additional five pounds of marijuana at a street value of more than $17,000, according to police.

Officers confiscated the drugs, along with a cellphone and $3,363 in cash.

McDuffie-Burroughs is charged with four drug offenses, including possession with intent to sell, and failure to wear seatbelt.

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