Three men from Florida who were in town to assist in post-Sandy cleanup were stopped by police after an officer following the Chevy pickup truck saw the car’s back license plate was obscured and couldn’t be read. The officer saw the vehicle make several turns without using a signal and pulled it over on New Norwalk Road, near Ledge Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 1:55 p.m.
Upon investigation, officers detected an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. When asked whether marijuana was in the vehicle, one of the two passengers admitted he had previously smoked marijuana that day. The vehicle was then searched, and a small amount of marijuana was found inside a pill bottle in the center console.
Officers then ran the names of the people in the vehicle, and found two of the three had warrants out for their arrests
Richard Boggan, 49, of Orange Park, Fla. had a warrant out of Norwalk for failure to appear. He was taken into custody, released on $500 bond and given a Nov. 27 court date.
Durham Lee Parker, 49, of Neptune Beach, Fla. was issued an infraction summons for possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The driver, Anthony Yonge, 34, of Jacksonville, Fla. was issued an infraction for driving without a license and operating a motor vehicle. Yonge had a warrant for his arrest out of Michigan for larceny, but state police there did not want to extradite him for it.
Sgt. Carol Ogrnic said the New Canaan Police Department wanted to inform residents to perhaps be cautious of people in town cleaning up after Sandy.
“We just want residents to be aware,” she said.