Two men entered Middlesex Middle School and tried to sell marijuana to three students on Monday, April 8, according to Darien Police.
Nery Lopez, 31, of Deacon Street in Bridgeport, and Bryan Lopez, 23, of Bronx, N.Y., face marijuana distribution, trespassing and risk of injury to a minor charges after the men entered tried to sell pot to students between 11 and 13 in the Middlesex parking lot, police said.
The men had entered the school and told someone at the main office that they were lost and without money, police said. The two then left the building and began asking people for money in the school’s parking lot. While in the lot, they tried to sell marijuana to three students, police said.
Officers were called to the scene and found the men walking along Hollow Tree Ridge Road at 3 p.m. Police said they found four grams of pot on Bryan Lopez. Possession of less than 14 grams of marijuana is considered an infraction, similar to a traffic ticket. Police said they both men asked the kids if they wanted to buy any pot, which was in a single container.
There was no police presence at the school, according to Capt. Fred Komm, although police have stepped up their level of security at the schools since last year’s Newtown murders.
Both men were taken into custody and held in lieu of posting a $5,000 bond each. They were presented for arraignment on Tuesday, April 9.
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