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Teens Busted With More Than 1/2 Pound of Pot

Naugatuck officer pulls teens over on Prospect Street and finds more than a half-pound of marijuana.

Two teenagers were arrested Friday after police said they found them in possession of more than a half-pound of marijuana and more than $1,200 in a car on Prospect Street in Naugatuck. 

The teens from Woodbridge and Ansonia, whose names were not released because of their ages, were pulled over in a Chevy Suburban at 5:21 p.m. by officer Nick Kehoss, who recognized the Ansonia teen driving the car and knew he was not supposed to have passengers in his vehicle because he is only 16 years old and just recently got his license.

When the teen rolled down the window, Kehoss smelled reported that he an odor of marijuana, according to a police report. Things got worse for the teens when the driver opened his glove box to retrieve a registration card and a bag of marijuana became visible, police said.

Kehoss called for backup and officers searched the car, where they found more marijuana stashed under seats, along with $1,235 in cash, police said. All told, police found 10.5 ounces of marijuana, which has an approximate street value of between $4,000 and $6,000, depending on several variables, including how it is bagged and sold, plus the potency of the drugs.

The teen from Woodbridge, who is 17, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs within 1,500 of a school zone and illegal sale of drugs. The teen from Ansonia was charged with three of those four counts; he was not charged with illegal sale of drugs.

Both were released to the custody of their respective parents. They have court dates at Waterbury Juvenile Court later this month.

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Three days after making the drug bust mentioned above, Officer Kehoss was injured on duty Monday. He and another officer were running out of the Naugatuck Police Department headquarters on Spring Street to stop a domestic disturbance argument between a man and a woman that was occurring in the parking lot of the police station.

When police opened the door, the man and woman quickly got in a car and took off.

As Kehoss was running toward the couple, he tripped and fell face first over a concrete walking path that leads to the front door of the police department; he seriously injured an ankle, police said.

Kehoss, who is 25 and has been with the department for about two years, was brought to the hospital with a severe sprain or fracture, police said.

The people involved in the domestic incident were not caught and that case is still under investigation, police said.

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The above information was supplied by the Naugatuck Police Department. No arrested person is guilty until so judged in a court of law.

insideLOOKINout September 06, 2012 at 08:45 PM
When will you be running for Governor,,, I'll vote for you!!!!
Siwanoy September 08, 2012 at 10:35 PM
the kids will get youthful offender status, serve out a probation with no jail time and be fine, it'll get erased from their records, so thankfully colleges and future jobs won't know about this. on a side note, next time, transport less and keep your registration and insurance in an envelope in the arm rest, and lock the glove box.
Edward C September 12, 2012 at 08:50 AM
That ignores the fact that even if everyone were to legalize it now, we would still have a variety of complications, such as how would we enable officers to make necessary judgements in arresting individuals driving whilst too high to operate a motor vehicle without endangering themselves or others. but before even getting into that quagmire, can you really defend the kids in possession of over a half pound. This isn't a case where you can have some compassion for a small amount being found on a youth offender, it was half a pound, clearly not personal use, certainly for someone that young. What you have is someone whom by one means or another became involved in a lower level trafficking or distribution network (however rudimentary) of an illegal drug, not a defensible act, nor a platform to stand upon and spread the gospel of free weed and sweeping reforms.
Craig Zac September 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Thats easy Edward C. if an officer pulls over someone for suspicion of being stoned, There are a few things the officer can do to determine if the operator may be high. Smell the car, if the inside of the car smells like weed, then look at the operators eyes to determine if they are bloodshot and / or glossy if so, look around the car to see if there are candy or fast food wrappers laying around, also look for any type of beverage containers too. If so he can take them out of the vehicle and have them spit on the ground to see if the operator has "cotton mouth" one of the common side effects of smoking pot. tell tell them the dumbest joke ever and see if they laugh, then hold a bag of chips infront of them and ask if they want some, then the officer says his name is (and he makes up a goofy name like dick huge or something like that ) and if the suspect cracks up..bam, got him!! lol...
Siwanoy September 12, 2012 at 01:13 PM
@Edward, "such as how would we enable officers to make necessary judgements in arresting individuals driving whilst too high to operate a motor vehicle without endangering themselves or others" How do you think a police officer makes this necessary judgments as to whether someone high or not currently? You must certainly be aware that it is currently illegal to drive while high, its called a DUI, Driving Under the Influence.. of drugs. They use "field sobriety tests" doesn't matter what you're on, if you can't pass it, you get a DUI. "his isn't a case where you can have some compassion for a small amount being found on a youth offender, it was half a pound, clearly not personal use, certainly for someone that young. " I'll defer to the Judge handling the case as to whether it was "clearly" not personal use, I happen to believe in due process. "nor a platform to stand upon and spread the gospel of free weed and sweeping reforms" Who was advocating free weed? When would you find it appropriate to speak about the antiquated drug laws, that are criminalizing a large portion of society?

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