DARIEN — Two North Carolina men were arrested, on on narcotics charges and the other on motor vehicle charges.

On July 22 around 12:15 a.m., a patrol officer pulled over Eric Locklear, of Jefferson Road in Maxon, N.C., on the Post Road, because his passenger, Steven Oxendine, 50, wasn’t wearing a seat belt. When the officer pulled behind Locklear’s car, the 37-year-old man abruptly pulled into the BP gas station on the Post Road.

The officer approached Locklear in the parking lot and Locklear told him he didn’t have a license and the car belonged to his girlfriend. The officer found the plates on the 2001 Chevrolet belonged to a 1991 Ford Mustang. There was also a pill bottle in the backseat with a label scratched off and pills inside.

The officer had K-9 Kenny sniff around the car. The police dog indicted there were narcotics and the officer searched the car. The search yielded several pills, a straw with white powder residue and a glass pipe with marijuana residue on it.

The officer asked Oxendine about the pills and he said they belonged to him, but he couldn’t show a prescription. Neither man took ownership of the straw, which tested positive for heroin residue.

The two men were subsequently placed under arrest. At headquarters, it was found the men had 10 pills on them, including five pills of Oxycodone. Locklear was charged with improper use of a license plate, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving without a license. Oxendine, of Robeson Road in Rowland, N.C., was charged with possession of narcotics, illegal storage of narcotics and possession of marijuana.

Locklear posted a $150 bond and was given an Aug. 1 court date. Oxendine was held on a $10,000 bond and brought to court July 24.