In two unrelated, recent traffic stops, Darien police said, officers on patrol found drivers with marijuana, and in one of the cars, police also found a bit of heroin.
Police gave these accounts (including accusations not proven in court):
Marijuana and heroin on Highfield Lane
Police received a report at about 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, of a small red car illegally parked on Highfield Lane and causing a traffic hazard. Police were told the car was occupied by a white male with blond hair.
When driving to that street, a police officer saw a red Mazda Miata stopped on Leroy Avenue near McLaren Road. It had its hazard lights blinking. The officer activated the patrol car’s emergency lights and approached the vehicle.
Inside, a white man with blond hair said he was lost and had previously stopped on Highfield Lane to look at his GPS.
He also avoided looking at the officer, was sweating profusely and was shaking. He said he was nervous around law enforcement officers. The officer asked him if he had any contraband substances in his car. The man said he was sitting on a pipe full of marijuana.
The police officer asked him to get out of the car, asked him if there was any more marijuana in it and asked for consent to search the vehicle. The officer searched the car.
Inside there was a glass pipe with a green, leafy substance in it that tested positive for marijuana in a test. Also in the vehicle was an empty pack of Newport cigarettes with a straw in it about 2 inches long. In the straw was a white powder that later tested positive as heroin.
The driver, a 23-year-old Shelton man, was charged with possession of narcotics and possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana. He was released on a cash bond of $500 and is scheduled to appear Monday, Nov. 16, in state Superior Court in Stamford.
A police officer driving east on the Post Road saw a car parked by a gas pump at the Exxon service station at 1358 Post Road. That wouldn’t be unusual, except that at 11:42 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, the gas station was closed. The officer pulled in behind the car to find out more.
The lights of the 2005 Subaru Legacy were off, but there was someone sitting in the driver’s seat. The driver, a 22-year-old Stamford man, told the officer he had stopped his car in order to roll a blunt (a cigar hollowed out and filled with marijuana), and from the center console, he gave the officer a clear plastic bag with a small amount of marijuana in it. He also had the cigar with him.
The man said that was all the narcotics that were in the vehicle, and a search of the car didn’t find any more. The man, a resident of Eighth Street in Stamford, was issued an infraction ticket for possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana.