Stop sign violation leads to drug bust in Stamford

March 30, 2019 GMT

STAMFORD — A Bridgeport man who ran a stop sign in front of narcotics officers riding in a unmarked car Thursday afternoon was busted while allegedly in possession of cocaine, a carton of marijuana vape cartridges and a few prescription pills, police said.

Capt. Richard Conklin said officers in the Narcotics and Organized Crime squad were patrolling the East Side when they saw a black Honda traveling eastbound on Ely Place turn right onto Colloden Road without observing a stop sign at about 3 p.m. Thursday.

The officers pulled the car over. After stopping the vehicle, they saw in plain view inside the car a box containing a carton of 20 assorted THC vape cartridges, Conklin said, which while being legal in Massachusetts are illegal in Connecticut. Officers also allegedly found three grams of cocaine, two cylinders containing THC wax and four Xanax pills.

The driver of the Honda, David Bines, of Lenox Avenue, claimed ownership of the drugs and was charged with running the stop sign, possession of narcotics, possession of controlled substances and possession with intent to sell. He was released after posting a $2,500 court-appearance bond.