Police on Wednesday night arrested a 26-year-old Frogtown Road man for possession of narcotics, including heroin, and other drug-related charges after an officer stopped the resident’s car for running a stop sign.
It happened at about 8:13 p.m. on May 18, when an officer stopped the car for disobeying the stop sign at Frogtown and Ponus Ridge,, according to a press release issued by New Canaan Police Department Chief Leon Krolikowski. During the stop, the officer smelled the odor of marijuana emitting from the single-occupant vehicle, the chief said.
The officer also saw drug paraphernalia, according to Krolikowski. The driver told police that there was marijuana and heroin in the vehicle, he said. A subsequent search also turned up Xanax, the report said.
Police charged him with possession of narcotics as well as possession of a controlled substance (the Xanax), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than .5 ounces of marijuana. He also was cited for failure to obey a stop sign and failure to carry a driver’s license.
It wasn’t immediately clear how much heroin or Xanax police found in the vehicle.
Krolikowski said no further information would be released at this time.
After the town saw several young people from here die following heroin overdoses, a cross-community effort that includes the police as well as the school district, Department of Health & Human Services, nonprofit leaders and elected officials has made ridding New Canaan of illegal narcotics such as heroin a priority. It is part of NCPD’s reasoning in requesting permission to acquire a second K-9 dog, as well as to operate unannounced searches in the schools.
Here is a three-part series we ran on the issue of heroin in town: