ITHACA. N.Y. — A man accused of having 168 bags of heroin in Ithaca was a no-show in court Wednesday morning, resulting in a warrant being issued for his arrest.

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Jahearl Martin, of Rochester, was due in court Wednesday morning to be arraigned on third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, driving with inadequate plate lamp and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Jahearl Martin

Court records, however, show that he did not appear at the arraignment.

Related: Two people charged after heroin, marijuana found during traffic stop in Ithaca

On June 20, police said they pulled over a vehicle near the intersection of North Albany and West Buffalo streets after the driver committed a traffic violation. Officers at the scene smelled a “strong odor” of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Martin and passenger Kentisha Harris, also of Rochester, were taken into custody at the scene.

Harris was charged with a misdemeanor for false impersonation after she gave police a fake name during the investigation, police said.

Martin was previously released on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

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Jolene Almendarez

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