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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Two-time felon found with $12,769 
in drug-scented cash during stop

James A. Quinn III
A traffic stop on Route 20A had led to numerous charges against a two-time violent felon from Erie County who had more than $12,000 cash in his pocket, Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies said.

James A. Quinn III, 35, of Cheektowaga was stopped at 9:35 a.m. March 20 for having no front plate. Quinn at first failed to stop on ROute 20A and then pulled into a driveway on Creek Road, where deputies were able to interview him.

An 8-year-old child was in the back seat, improperly restrained.

Quinn’s car had a New York state inspection sticker but an Ohio-based dealer plate.

Deputies also found that he had $12,769 in his sweatshirt pocket. He denied having the money, however, deputies said.

>Quinn’s car was towed from the scene and Quinn and the child were released pending further investigation.

K9 Frankie and Deputy Andrew Mullen from Genesee County were called and Frankie “alerted” on the cash, a sign that it had at some point had drugs in contact with it.

A search of Quinn’s cell phones revealed that Quinn had given police a fake name during the traffic stop. It was discovered he had warrants from Erie County.

A warrant was issued and Quinn was taken into custody Saturday.

He was charged with fourth-degree money laundering, second-degree forgery, offering a false instrument for filing, criminal impersonation, aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operation, driver’s view obstructed, misuse of dealer plates and improper restraint of a child in the back seat.

Quinn was committed to Wyoming County Jail without bail.

Quinn has a violent history in Buffalo, where as an 18-year-old he participated in a home invasion and shot a person in the stomach, according to the Buffalo News.

In 2007, he was convicted of attempted first-degree assaulting for participating in a robbery where a man was stabbed. He served a 42-month prison term.

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