Police said Janice Tate, 49, of Ryan Avenue, was driving a 2012 Honda Accord west on Tokeneke Road when the officer saw her cross the double yellow line, and she also was following the car in front of her too closely, police added. Police stopped the Honda near the I-95 entrance ramp heading south.
Tate told police that her name was Joyce Tate, and when officers ran that name, they learned it was associated with a criminal history involving narcotics, police said. Tate denied having any narcotics in the vehicle. Police dog Zulu arrived to sniff the car for drugs, and indicated on the front driver side door handle and also indicated on a small black canvass bag that was on the front passenger side floor, police said.
While searching the bag, police found a wax paper fold containing white powder, which was later determined to be heroin. Also located was a pill bottle containing 10 more wax envelopes with heroin and an unmarked pill bottle with two pills, which was later determined to be morphine, and a straw containing white powder residue. Tate later admitted that her actual name is Janice and not Joyce. She was arrested and posted a $2,500 bond.
It was also learned that Tate was the subject of three outstanding arrest warrants held by the Norwalk Police Department for probation violation. She was processed for these warrants also and posted the requisite bonds for each, police said.
Police charged Tate with possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, obtaining drugs illegally and interfering with an officer. She is scheduled for court on Friday, Oct. 12.