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A Little Pot Here, a Little Pot There ...

... and eventually you've got a pound of the stuff, as Darien police say they found in a car Nov. 14 during a traffic stop for a broken license-plate light.

Update, 12:58 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 27:

The incident started at 1:30 a.m., not 7:30 a.m., according to Darien Police Sgt. Keri Isaac, who said she spoke to the police officer who stopped the vehicle.

Original article:

For want of a rear license-plate light and crossing over the double yellow line on Hoyt Street, police said, a 22-year-old Bridgeport man may have driven through Darien streets early in the morning of Nov. 14 without being stopped by town police.

Darien Police Capt. Frederick Komm, a spokesman for the department, gave this account of the incident (all of which is an accusation not yet proven in court):

Donald Larrow was driving a 2004 Nissan Sentra at 7:35 a.m. that Monday morning when a police officer on Hoyt Street noticed the light. The officer also said the vehicle crossed over the double yellow line on the street.

Once the vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road and the officer walked up to it to speak with Larrow, the officer immediately smelled marijuana coming out of the car.

Larrow admitted he had a small amount of marijuana, and the officer saw in plain view a small plastic baggie that appeared to have marijuana in it in the pocket of the driver's side door. Police later measured 3 grams of marijuana in the bag.

When Larrow was searched, another clear plastic bag of marijuana was found in his pants pocket, along with $1,200 in cash.

At that point, Larrow said police might find some more marijuana in the car.

Here's what police said they found:

  • More marijuana was found in a small, clear plastic bag in the pocket of another car door, along with a marijuana "blunt"—a cigar hollowed-out and filled with marijuana.
  • Another bag was found in the sunglasses compartment of the car.
  • Two small containers of marijuana were also found in the car.
  • A black, digital scale was also found in one of those containers.
  • Another five clear plastic bags were found in the area of the rear passenger seat. (A total of 22.5 grams of pot was in them.)
  • In a mesh bag in the car was a smoking pipe, a marijuana grinder and a cigarette roller.
  • In the trunk of the car, police found a thermal container—the same kind used to keep food or drinks cold—with a larger black plastic bag that was tied and sealed. Inside, police found more marijuana. Another, similar bag in the container contained even more. (A total of 13.3 grams in both bags.)
  • In a duffel bag, police found 19 plastic containers of marijuana, more scales and a lot of empty clear plastic bags.
  • A bag sealer was also found in the car.

All in all, police said, 457 grams of marijuana were found in the car, just over a pound. Police seized the car.

Larrow was arrested on charges of operating a drug factory, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, driving with a defective marker lamp and failure to drive right.

Bond was set at $10,000. He did not post bond and was sent to state Superior Court in Stamford the next day, Nov. 15.

Editor's note: A few phrases were changed in this article at 5:56 p.m., including adding attribution to police in the lead, but no changes were made in the reported facts. At 6:21 p.m., mention of crossing the double yellow line on Hoyt Street was added to the lead.

Correction: Police Capt. Frederick Komm's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this article.

kma November 22, 2011 at 09:48 PM
License plate light out at 7:35AM! Who can see a license plate light out at 7:35AM? Let me guess, the guy was black.
Owsley November 22, 2011 at 10:17 PM
Thank God that they actually could tell or this rascal wouldve gotten away scot free!
David Gurliacci November 22, 2011 at 11:20 PM
Sunrise was at 6:40 a.m. that day. Maybe crossing over the yellow line was what got the officer looking at it. I'll change the lead. They were both factors.
David Gurliacci November 27, 2011 at 06:03 PM
I've updated the story with revised information received from Darien police: It was a 1:30 a.m. stop, not a 7:35 a.m. stop. A lack of a light would seem to be very noticeable at night, especially for an officer trying to read a license plate.
Siwanoy November 28, 2011 at 03:05 PM
Luckily for the DPD they have ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) machines mounted on every car so our cops don't need to even look at the license plate to read it, it'll come up on their computer screen.

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