A traffic stop in Connecticut resulted in a 22-year-old man being charged for drug possession. The incident occurred in New London near the intersection of Jay Street and Franklin Street at around 1 a.m. on Oct. 20.
Police say the man was asleep at the wheel
According to reports, police officers conducted a traffic stop after noticing the accused man sleeping in the driver’s seat of a stopped car. After the man woke up, police allege that he started trying to hide drug paraphernalia from their view. Police then conducted a search of the car.
Packaged Fentanyl found in the car
Police allegedly discovered a total of 325 grams of Fentanyl divided into 1,500 separate bags in the man’s vehicle. The search also allegedly turned up drug paraphernalia, an electronic scale, $3,357 in cash and a BB gun.
Several drug charges
The accused man was taken into custody and held on bond. His drug charges included possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a drug factory.
There were also charges handed to the man for carrying a weapon, misusing registration plates, driving a vehicle with a suspended license and failure to carry proof of vehicle insurance.
You do not have to consent to a vehicle search
If you are pulled over in a traffic stop, you have the right to refuse a vehicle search if police ask you. However, it is never a good idea to do so when police are insisting on one. Police are allowed to search a vehicle without a warrant if they have probable cause to believe that they will find evidence of a crime.
Some people are accused of drug crimes after police perform illegal searches on their homes or vehicles. One strategy for disputing drug-related charges is to argue that police conduct during the investigation was unlawful.