North Greenbush man arrested after joint investigation in New York and New Jersey

 NORTH GREENBUSH, N.Y. –  Police have arrested two people following a joint investigation into drug trafficking in New York and New Jersey.

On May 27, Christopher Zawodny-Brownell, 28, was stopped by Palisades Parkway Police in New Jersey for a vehicle and traffic infraction. During the stop, officer say they detected the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Upon investigation, police say they found the driver in possession of two duffel bags containing 41 pounds of marijuana in individually vacuum sealed bags. They also found $40,526 in cash, pepper spray, and drug paraphernalia. 

Zawodny-Brownell was allegedly under the influence of drugs while driving the vehicle, according to police. 

The estimated value of the marijuana was $196,800.

Zawodny-Brownell was charged and remanded to jail in New Jersey.

Palisades Parkway Police then notified North Greenbush Police of the initial arrest and further the investigation at the subject’s home. 

A search warrant at Zawodny-Brownell’s apartment led to the discovery of an illegal shotgun with a barrel length smaller than the law allows, drug paraphernalia, prescription drugs, marijuana, and evidence of drug trafficking. 

Zawodny-Brownell now faces charges of criminal possession of a firearm, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana. 

He was released on $100,000 bond from New Jersey Court and has been released to Rensselaer County Probation Supervision. 

A second resident at the apartment, 27-year-old Frances Villavicencio was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

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