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PD: Driver found with marijuana, paraphernalia

Published 4:06 pm, Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Jonathan Avery, 22, of 941 Ponus Ridge Road, New Canaan, was arrested July 26 on charges of possession of less than four ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An officer on routine patrol was traveling south on Main Street when he observed a 2009 Nissan Altima with tinted license plates, according to police. The officer ran the plate number through the database and discovered the registration was expired, police said.

The officer then stopped the car, and as he approached the driver, Avery, he detected an odor of marijuana, according to the report. Asked if he had any contraband in the car, Avery handed the officer a marijuana grinder that was in the center console, police said.

Upon questioning him and his two passengers, the officer reported also finding a glass jar with another marijuana grinder in it as well as a plastic bag with more marijuana and four packages of rolling papers, according to the report. In addition, there was another bag in the center console containing more than half an ounce of marijuana, which is a criminal offense, police said.

The driver claimed ownership of that bag, and one of his passengers, Alec J. Dirkin, 20, of 68 Peach Hill Road, Darien, said he owned the other items, according to police. Dirkin was issued an infraction for possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Avery, who also received an infraction for operating an unregistered vehicle, posted $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 7.