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300 Grams of Marijuana Found After Chase in NW Rochester

300 Grams of Marijuana Found After Chase in NW Rochester Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.

July 17, 2017 01:28 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A traffic violation leads to a chase and the discovery of drugs and a handgun.

Around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, July 16, a Rochester Police Sergeant was patrolling the area of 37th St. and West River Parkway in Northwest Rochester when he noticed a vehicle make an improper turn.  Captain John Sherwin said the officer began to follow the vehicle.  Captain Sherwin said the vehicle accelerated and almost lost control near Mister Car Wash before continuing on.

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The driver was eventually stopped by the officer near a Holiday Gas Station.  As the Sergeant approached the vehicle a strong smell of marijuana was reported coming from the vehicle.  Inside, the Sergeant found 300 grams of marijuana.  18-year-old Ron Burks of Rochester was arrested and taken to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.  Detention Center staff later told the Sergeant that Burks made a phone call in which he mentioned something was thrown from the vehicle during the chase.

Police went back out to the area where Burks was arrested and found a 40 caliber handgun on the road with scuff marks on it, indicating it may have been thrown from a vehicle, according to Captain Sherwin.

Burks is charged with two felonies, 5th degree marijuana sale and 5th degree marijuana possession.

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