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Saturday, October 20 Police Reports

Bridgeport men busted in Westport on drug, weapons charges

WESTPORT - A traffic stop of a vehicle with no registration plate led to the arrest of two Bridgeport men on drug and weapon charges on Sunday.

According to a release by Lt. Jillian Cabana, at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Officer Ruta Pratt observed a vehicle traveling on Elm Street with no registration plate displayed. Pratt stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Violet Lane and found the vehicle bore an expired Rhode Island temporary registration, which was later determined to be fraudulent.

“While speaking with the occupants, she detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The operator was identified as Kirk Brodie, 28, of Bridgeport, who claimed ownership of the vehicle. A backup officer arrived on scene and spoke to passenger Mark Elliot, 25 of Bridgeport,” Cabana said.

“The officer observed Elliot was attentive to his phone during the stop and was receiving multiple text messages. The officer was able to observe one of the text messages, which appeared to be related to and consistent with narcotics sales. Officers had both men exit the vehicle. During the course of a pat down, a scale was located in the pocket of Elliot’s pants. Brodie was found to be in possession of a large amount of cash.

“During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers located .11 ounces of marijuana in the glove compartment and a loaded 9mm handgun in the trunk. The handgun contained a high capacity magazine. Due to Brodie’s criminal history, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition. Both males were taken into custody and transported to headquarters.”

Brodie was charged with conspiracy to commit (sale of controlled substance, sale, delivery, or transfer of pistols or revolvers, weapons in cehicles, carrying a pistol or revolver without a permit, criminal possession of a pistol or revolver, criminal possession of firearm/ammunition/electronic defense weapon and possession of high capacity magazine.

Brodie was additionally issued an infraction for failure to display a registration plate and pperating an unregistered motor vehicle. Brodie was held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

At headquarters, officers discovered Elliot had secreted an additional .87 ounces of marijuana in his underwear. Elliott was charged with sale of controlled substance, conspiracy to commit (sale of controlled substance) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held in lieu of $20,000 bond.

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