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A Connecticut man who was arrested Tuesday for possession of about $100,000 worth of marijuana initially gave state troopers false identification.
According to the criminal complaint, Claudius A. Minott, 38, of 1341 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, Conn., gave police a driver's license with the name Wilton C. Peterson that had a Jan. 1, 1964, birth date.
Minott was arraigned Tuesday night before District Justice Mark Bilik in Westmoreland County Night Court on charges of possession of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver and false identification to law enforcement officials.
A preliminary hearing for Minott has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 7 before Mt. Pleasant Township District Justice Roger Eckels. He remains in Westmoreland County Prison on $100,000 straight bond.
Minott was stopped at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, three miles east of the New Stanton interchange. Police were acting on a tip from someone in the Wilkinsburg area that two bodies were stuffed in the trunk of Minott's car.
When Minott was stopped, he gave consent for his car to be searched. Police didn't find bodies but discovered three 25-pound bundles of marijuana packed in clothing bags.
Police said Minott was talking with troopers outside the car when the marijuana was found. The suspect attempted to get away by running across the eastbound and westbound lanes of the turnpike and into a farmer's field along Route 819. He finally was arrested near a barn about 100 yards from the turnpike.
Police took Minott's car to the state police barracks in New Stanton, where it was searched and impounded.