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Crime & Courts

Traffic stop leads to drug charges in Batavia

BATAVIA – A routine traffic stop for a burned-out headlight led to two arrests for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, as the car’s occupants were smoking marijuana, according to police reports.

Brandon W. Stoffel, 22, of the 3100 block of Sawgrass Drive, Aurora, was charged Jan. 2 with manufacture with intent to deliver more than 10 grams, but less than 30 grams of marijuana and possession of the same, both felonies, according to court records.

Stoffel also was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and driving under the influence, court records show.

The felonies carry a penalty of one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. The misdemeanor charge carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Stoffel was released after posting $750 bail, 10 percent of the $7,500 bond. He is to appear in court for a status hearing Feb. 13.

Stoffel’s passenger, Ronald J. Stastny, 22, of the 1300 block of Kline Court, Batavia, was charged with four misdemeanors, three for possession of drug paraphernalia and one for possession of more than 2.5 grams of marijuana, but less than 10 grams, court records show.

The misdemeanors carry a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Stastny was released after posting $150 bail, 10 percent of a $1,500 bond. He is to appear in court Jan. 21.

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