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Darien Police find 12.5 grams of coke during routine stop

Updated 1:17 pm, Tuesday, October 11, 2011
  • Luis Garate is facing multiple drug charges after being pulled over for not wearing his seat belt. Photo: Contributed Photo
    Luis Garate is facing multiple drug charges after being pulled over for not wearing his seat belt. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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A routine traffic stop led to multiple drug charges for one Darien resident.

Luis Garete, 29, of Ledge Road, was charged with possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to wear a safety belt and operating a motor vehicle under suspension.

An officer said he saw Garete, who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, driving west on Ledge Road Oct. 5.

When he pulled Garete over, he said he smelled burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer noticed Garete had a large amount of currency and asked him to remove his shoes. According to the report, when he looked in Garete's shoe, he found a plastic bag filled with several smaller bags containing 12.5 grams of cocaine.

Zulu, the department's drug-sniffing dog, conducted a free-air sniff of the vehicle and found a dragon shaped pipe with marijuana residue in the driver side door.

Officers also discovered 30 Oxycodone pills in the vehicle.

Garete was held in lieu of $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 17.