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Drug arrests, aggravated assault included in Albany crime activity

ALBANY — A patrol car tag reader helping to get five bags of marijuana of the streets, according to the Albany Police Department, which also investigated an aggravated assault early Monday.

While running a license plate reader on the 2200 block of West Gordon Avenue at around 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, an officer got an alert on a tag indicating its registration was suspended. The officer conducted a traffic stop with lights and sirens and pulled over a Cadillac DeVille on the 800 block of Willie Pitts Jr. Road, said Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the Albany Police Department.

When the officer approached the vehicle, he immediately detected a smell of marijuana coming from the inside. He requested additional units, and when they arrived, officers searched the DeVille and found the five bags of marijuana along with more than $500 in cash on the front seat, Banks said.

Katavia Hubbard and Gary Hubbard Jr., both 32, were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, suspended registration and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a park. The case was turned over to the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit for further investigation, Banks said.

The aggravated assault from Monday morning was reported at around 1:30 a.m. from the 700 block of Cedar Avenue. In that case, a 44-year-old woman told police a man had pulled out a small handgun and pointed it at her, Banks said.

Banks added that police do not believe this was a random act. No charges had been filed and no one had been arrested as of Monday afternoon. The case remains under investigation, Banks said.