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Traffic stops lead to drug charges against drivers

Published 11:38 am, Friday, January 11, 2013
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A traffic stop Tuesday night led police to file drug charges against Tiffany A. Drury, 20, of Main Street, Bridgeport.

Police stopped Drury's car on Tunxis Hill Road because there was no visible license plate, according to the report. The officer could not read the VIN number on the car's dashboard and opened the door in order to verify the number. When he did, he said he could smell the odor of unburnt marijuana. Asked if she had any illegal items, Drury said she did not. Police began to search the car and asked again if she had any drugs in the car, according to the report. She then admitted there was marijuana under the front passenger seat, police said.

Police said they found 45.8 grams of marijuana packaged for sale. Drury was charged with illegal distribution of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance and possession near a school. She also was charged with misuse of license plates, failure to display plates, driving an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to have insurance.

She was released on a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear Jan. 22 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Also Tuesday night, malfunctioning brake lights led to charges against Samantha Barnash, 25, of Fairchild Avenue.

Officers stopped Barnash on Kings Highway because neither of her brake lights was working properly, police said. According to the report, Barnash appeared nervous while looking for her license and police said they could smell marijuana.

Asked if she had anything in the car, Barnash replied that she didn't think so, adding that while she smokes marijuana, she hadn't done so recently. She told police that what they were smelling was probably some marijuana residue in the car's ashtray. A subsequent search of the car turned up a marijuana pipe on the side of the driver's seat and cocaine in her purse, according to the report.

Barnash was charged with possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was held on a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear Jan. 15 in Bridgeport Superior Court.