Traffic stop leads to drug charges for teens


NAUGATUCK — Police arrested two teenagers Friday afternoon who they said were caught with 10½ ounces of marijuana packaged for sale, and more than $1,200 in cash.

An officer stopped a 16-year-old Ansonia boy driving a gray Chevrolet Suburban shortly before 5:30 p.m. on the corner of Prospect and Greenwood streets, said Lt. Robert Harrison of the Naugatuck Police Department. The officer knew the teen had a license restriction that prohibited him from driving with a passenger, but a 17-year-old Woodbridge boy was sitting in the passenger seat, Harrison said.

As the officer approached, he could smell marijuana coming from the car, and saw several bags of the drug in the glove compartment as the driver pulled out his registration, Harrison said. More marijuana was found in the glove compartment and under the passenger seat, where $1,235 in small bills was also hidden, Harrison said.

The teen from Woodbridge said the marijuana was his. Both were arrested on drug charges and released to family members.

The teen from Woodbridge will appear Aug. 22 in New Haven Juvenile Court, while the Ansonia teen will appear Aug. 24 in Waterbury Juvenile Court.

Harrison said he had no indication the teens had sold drugs in the borough before.