Darien traffic stop leads to arrest for crack cocaine possession
Darien police arrested a Bridgeport man for possession of crack cocaine following a traffic stop on Oct. 8. An officer patrolling Middlesex Road stopped a car at about 4 p.m. when its rear license plate was shown to be not on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles. The car was missing its front license plate as well and the driver was identified as Vito Badalamenti, 36, of Bridgeport.
Badalamenti initially told police the car belonged to a friend and he did not have paperwork for it. Later, he said he was in the process of buying the car. A search of Badalamenti’s background showed past charges for failure to appear in court, and he was placed under arrest based on those warrants. While searching his person police discovered two small white rocks that Badalamenti allegedly identified as crack cocaine.
The vehicle was towed from the scene and Badalamenti was taken to police headquarters and held for possession of narcotics, failure to display his front license plate and improper use of the rear license plate. A bondsman posted his bond of $2,500 and he was due in court on Oct. 18.