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Wednesday, March 21 News

Westport man charged with heroin possession

WESTPORT — A Westport man is facing drug charges after an officer allegedly witnessed him running a red light, police said.

An officer was on routine patrol around 8:30 a.m. Thursday when he observed a vehicle driving through the red light at the Parker Harding Plaza intersection on Post Road East, police said.

Upon pulling the vehicle over, police learned that the driver — 32-year-old Michael Gonzales — was not in possession of a valid driver’s license.

When the officer informed the driver that he would be issued an infraction for failure to obey a traffic light and operating a vehicle without a driver’s license, police said that Gonzales began to act “extremely nervous and shaky.”

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a small plastic baggie containing a brown, powdery substance resting on the driver’s seat. When asked, police said Gonzales admitted that the substance was heroin.

In addition to the infractions, Gonzales was charged with possession of narcotics. He was released on a $500 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 10.

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