After eight weeks of narcotic detection school and subsequent graduation on Jan. 4, training immediately paid off for the as he assisted on four narcotics arrest within the first week back in action.
The first arrest was on Jan. 7 when Eric Carrano, 19, of Tanglewood Lane, Woodbridge, was charged with operating/towing an unregistered motor vehicle, use or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia (<1/2 ounce cannabis), possession of <1/2 ounce of cannabis-type substance (first offense) and possession of alcohol by a minor on a public street or highway at 5:36 p.m.
On Jan. 10, Officer Robert Deko made a traffic stop and suspected the driver, 19-year-old Kevin Whalen of Branford, to be in possession of marijuana due to an odor Deko detected coming from the vehicle.
Officer Mauro Piroli and Chase were called. Chase searched the vehicle and indicated on a pocketbook, which was within the passenger compartment. A glass pipe that had recently been used to smoke marijuana was reportedly found inside the purse. Less than four ounces of marijuana was also found concealed on an occupant of the car.
Whalen charged with use or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia with <1/2 ounce cannabis at 7:03 p.m. on Jan. 10 and possession of <1/2 ounce cannabis-type substance (first offense).
The next day, a car was stopped on Foxon Road that was suspected of recently being involved in a drug transaction. The officer detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle’s passenger compartment.
The driver of the vehicle reportedly admitted that he had just smoked marijuana in the car and that he had two Ziploc bags of marijuana inserted in his anus. The operator then reached into his pants and voluntarily removed the two bags of marijuana. The operator then advised the officers that he had more marijuana at his residence. A subsequent search of the home yielded two individually packed Ecstasy pills plus 11 Ziploc baggies each containing marijuana plus additional packing materials.
Alex Zukowski, 19, of Blue Trails Drive in Northford, was charged with possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a hallucinogen, possession of a hallucinogen with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Later that day, officers stopped another vehicle on Foxon Road for suspicious activity. Upon stopping the vehicle, the operator was reportedly found to be in possession of a folded up dollar bill, which when unfolded, revealed a small quantity of cocaine. The passenger of the vehicle allegedly admitted to having a plastic bag containing more cocaine inserted in his anus. The suspect then reached into his pants and voluntarily removed a clear plastic bag which was found to contain cocaine.
The passenger, Christopher Sanzari, 18, of Neubig’s Way, North Branford, was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The driver was identified as Lucas Orkisz, 19, of Lake Road, North Branford. He was charged with possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Information courtesy of NBPD Press Releases