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Rochester man arrested on drug and weapon charges

Police say a Rochester man was arrested following a traffic violation in the city.

According to a news release, State Police out of Rochester arrested Michael Townsend, 32, of Rochester for criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.


State Police stopped Townsend after seeing loaded handguns in plain view. A traffic stop was initiated and in further search of the vehicle, cocaine, pills, and marijuana were found. 

Townsend was transported to Monroe County Jail where he is pending arraignment.



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