Medical marijuana card holder charged with sale and possession of drug paraphernalia
An Aug. 22 traffic stop for a missing license plate and dark tints led to charges for sale of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. An officer on patrol in the area of Tokeneke Road and Cliff Avenue noticed a black car with no front license plate and tinted windows driving north at about 9:45 a.m.
The car was stopped and the driver was identified as Jason Pratt, 29, of Norwalk. According to police the scent of burnt marijuana was coming from the vehicle and the officer noticed a marijuana cigarette in the armrest of the driver’s door. The officer then contacted K9 “Kenny” to conduct a search of the vehicle.
Pratt told police he had a medical marijuana card, which he presented. The card allowed Pratt to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. Pratt produced two prescription vials, each containing marijuana. When asked if there was additional marijuana in the vehicle, Pratt said there was not.
Because Pratt was using marijuana in a public place, a violation of his prescription card, police continued their investigation. K9 Kenny conducted a free-air sniff outside the vehicle, alerting officers to the presence of narcotic odor on the driver side and passenger side front doors. A further search of the vehicle produced a large quantity of marijuana, along with several items of paraphernalia.
Police found four labeled plastic bags containing 4.32 ounces of marijuana, four vaporizer cartridges containing THC oil, two vaporizers with THC oil, an edible marijuana chocolate bar, and a herbal grinder used with marijuana. Two of the plastic bags were labelled “Indiana Jones,” while the other two were labelled “O.G.”
Pratt was placed under arrest and charged with sale of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a front license plate, and illegal tints. Pratt was released at 3:35 p.m.after posting a $2000 bond, and is due in Stamford Court on Sept. 4.