Drug traffickers charged in Warsaw

WARSAW — Four New York City men are facing serious drug trafficking charges after they were allegedly caught with more than a pound of codeine on Route 20A.

Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies stopped a 2021 Mercedes Benz for traffic infractions. They determined probable cause and searched the vehicle.

The search revealed 10 ounces of codeine and 47 grams of cannabis wax hidden in a backpack, deputies said. An additional 10 ounces of codeine were then allegedly found hidden in the glove compartment, along with another ounce of the drug in the rear seat area.

Deputies said the vehicle had been taking the drugs from Buffalo to New York City. All four men were taken into custody and the vehicle impounded.

Those charged include:

n Driver Ahmed N. Saleh, 22, was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; unlawful possession of cannabis; consumption of cannabis in a motor vehicle; non-transparent windshield; non-transparent side windows; and disobeying a traffic control device.

He was committed to Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

n Mouhamed Jah, 22, was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and consumption of cannabis in a motor vehicle. He was jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.

n Tyler A. Hall-Canale was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and consumption of cannabis in a motor vehicle. He was jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.

n Mbaye A. Mbengue, 21, was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and consumption of cannabis in a motor vehicle.

Mbengue is also accused of giving deputies a false identity. He was already jailed when his true identity was discovered via fingerprints.

Deputies said he was then found to be wanted for failure to appear in court, to answer a felony criminal possession of a firearm charge in New York City.

Mbengue was additionally charged with second-degree criminal impersonation and second-degree forgery. He was re-arraigned and jailed without bail.

The incident was investigated by Sgt. Colin Reagan, long with deputies Aaron Chase and Dustin Bliss. The investigation is continuing in concert with other law enforcement agencies and more charges are possible.

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