NEW BRITAIN - Officers working in the area of North and Oak streets early Wednesday arrested a man after a traffic stop turned up marijuana, drug-sale materials and money, police said.
Byron Greene, 23, of 69 Connecticut Ave., was in a car with two other men when the car was stopped for a motor vehicle violation at about 12:30 a.m., police said. The officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana in the car and decided to investigate, police said.
The result was the discovery of 0.41 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, packaging materials and $265 in suspected drug proceeds, police said.
Greene, a passenger, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of over one-half ounce of marijuana. A second passenger, Jamie Peterson, 20, also of 69 Connecticut Ave., was charged with possession of under a half-ounce of marijuana, and the driver, Hubert Lanoszka, 20, of 93 Clinic Drive, Apt. 2, was issued an infraction ticket for a taillight violation.
Police have increased proactive patrols in the North and Oak area to deal with resident complaints of drug dealing and other quality- of-life issues in the neighborhood, Lt. Adam Rembisz said.
The officer who pulled Lanoszka over was assigned to one of those patrols to keep an eye on the area and address the complaints, Rembisz said.
Anyone with complaints about illegal activity can call 860-826-3000 or the Community Tip Line at 860-826-3199.