Tuesday, March 05, 2024


Speeding, Texting Stop Nets Drug Arrest

Officers arrested a Norwalk man on drug charges and interfering with an officer following a motor vehicle stop for speeding on Post Road West.

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Craig Robilotto : free on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Police said Craig Robilotto, 40, struggled with officers as he was being handcuffed Wednesday. The arrest followed a K-9 search that discovered a Thermos containing five bags of marijuana.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the event unfolded about 4:30 p.m. when K-9 Officer David Scinto officer saw the suspect reaching speeds of 46 in a 25 mph zone.

“As the vehicle drove past the officer, he observed the operator holding a cellphone in both hands above the steering wheel and texting,” Farrell said.

He said that upon being stopped, Robilotto failed to provide a registration card, and refused to open the glove box to look for it.  The officer also smelled the odor of marijuana, but Robilotto denied having any in the vehicle, Farrell said.

“Officer Scinto deployed Police Service Dog Atlas to search the vehicle,” Farrell said, adding that Atlas detected the drug in the glove box and inside the Thermos.

“As the officers attempted to take Robilotto into custody, he began to pull away and spin away from the officer’s hands,” Farrell said. “After a brief struggle, the officers were able to handcuff Robilotto.”

At Police Headquarters the suspect was charged with the possession of marijuana, sale of marijuana, interfering with an officer and motor vehicle offenses.

He was released after posting a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, July 10.

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