Stamford man arrested on narcotics, illegal operation of a motor vehicle charges

Shyheim Bonaparte

A variety of narcotics was allegedly found in a vehicle was stopped by the Darien Police at Exit 13 off I-95 on Oct. 5. An officer on patrol observed a grey Nissan Altima traveling West on the Post Road without a front marker plate displayed. A record check of the rear plate showed that it belonged on a Green Saturn LS2. A motor vehicle stop was conducted and the operator, identified as Shyheim Bonaparte, 20, of Stamford, was contacted. The officer noted that Bonaparte allegedly appeared extremely nervous while answering routine questions, informing the officer that he had just purchased the vehicle in June. Bonaparte allegedly admitted to not having the vehicle registered and to using a friend’s marker plate. He further admitted that he did not possess a driver’s license, police said. When asked, Bonaparte was unable to provide proof of vehicle insurance, police said.

Routine records checks showed that Bonaparte had a suspended driving privilege in the state of Connecticut as of April 2018. Based on the above, Bonaparte was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest.

Using K9 Kenny, a free-air sniff of the exterior of Bonaparte’s vehicle was conducted. During the sniff, K9 Kenny alerted to the presence of the odor of narcotics. A subsequent search of Bonaparte’s vehicle was conducted. Found in the vehicle was the following:

  • A plastic baggie containing a small amount of marijuana on passenger’s side floorboard
  • Loose marijuana in the area of the transmission shifter on the center console
  • Two unmarked prescription bottles in the trunk containing numerous pills later identified as (41)
  • Cyclobenzaprine, (4) Zolpidem, and (4) Diclofenac
  • Eight small, individually packed baggies of marijuana in a larger bag (indicative of sale of marijuana)

He was charged with illegal storage of narcotics, possession of narcotics, sale of marijuana/controlled substance, driving a motor vehicle while under suspension, improper use of marker plate, failure to Insure a motor vehicle, and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Bonaparte was transported to headquarters where he was processed for the above charges. He posted his $1,000 bond at and was released. Bonaparte is due in Stamford court on Oct. 15.