Cops: Men stopped at DUI checkpoint had heroin
Two Norwalk men face drug charges after police said they found heroin in their car during a DUI checkpoint last Friday.
James Murphy, 25, of Orlando Road, and Perry V. Landsman, 24, of Nursery Street, were each charged with possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Murphy, the driver, also was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
The checkpoint was staged under the Merritt Parkway overpass on Old Stamford Road, near the Talmadge Hill train station, the night of Dec. 19. The pair's 2013 Chevrolet Cruze was pulled over about 8:30 p.m., and an officer noticed that Murphy appeared "extremely nervous" and his hands were trembling, according to the report.
As he talked with the driver, the officer saw a cut straw in plain view on a coin tray by the center console, police said. Drug users often use straws to snort cocaine or heroin.
Under questioning, Murphy handed police a plastic bag with three Adderall pills and said that was all he had, according to the report. Police said the officer searched the vehicle and found three more cut straws and several empty heroin packets under the driver's seat. Some of those items had a residue of heroin, according to police. The officer also found a glass smoking pipe and a marijuana grinder, with marijuana residue, in the car, police said.
When the officer searched the two men, he found another straw and two full heroin packets inside Landsman's front pocket, according to the report.
He and Murphy were taken into custody and released on a promise to appear Dec. 30 in court.