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Friday, August 04, 2017

Heroin Arrest Follows Running Red Light

Officers arrested a Westport man for narcotics possession after he was stopped for running a red light on Post Road East at the Parker Harding Plaza intersection, police said today.

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Michael Gonzales: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

Michael Gonzales, 32, of 363 Main St., was arrested Thursday after the officer who had stopped him spotted a plastic baggie that Gonzales admitted contained heroin.

The incident unfolded after the officer stopped the vehicle on Riverside Avenue for running the light, according to Lt. David Farrell.

“Gonzales did not have a valid driver’s license, so he was issued an infraction for failure to obey traffic light and operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license,” Farrell said.

He added the officer observed, “Gonzales was extremely nervous and shaky.”

“The officer received permission from Gonzales to check the vehicle for anything illegal,” Farrell said. “Once Gonzales exited the vehicle, the officer observed a small plastic baggie tied in a knot that contained a brown powder type substance on the front driver seat.  When Gonzales was asked what the powder was inside the bag, he immediately stated that it was heroin.”

Gonzales was transported to Police Headquarters where the brown substance tested positive for heroin.

Released on a $500 bond, he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, Aug. 10.

This story has been corrected to indicate the Gonzales address is 363 Main St, Westport, according to police.

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Posted 08/04/17 at 10:10 AM  Permalink



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