DARIEN — A Norwalk man was arrested and charged with intent to sell marijuana after police stopped him for not having a front license plate.

On Sept. 26 at 12:10 p.m., police stopped Michael Keels, 22, on Tokeneke Road near the Norwalk border while monitoring traffic. Keels, of Highland Avenue in Norwalk, did not have a front license plate on his vehicle, a 2001 Nissan Sentra. The rear license plate was lying in the back window.

Keels told police the vehicle was his girlfriend’s and he didn’t have the paperwork for it. Keels had no identification and said he never had a license, which the officer confirmed. The officer detected the odor of burnt marijuana, and Keels admitted to smoking that morning. The officer searched the vehicle and found multiple green tubes used to package narcotics. The officer also found a green leafy substance in a plastic bag, which in a black book bag that was on the floor under the front passenger seat. The substance field- tested positive as marijuana, police said. Keels admitted it was marijuana and said he forgot it was in the car. He did admit to purchasing the drug, which weighed 1.8 ounces in the package. In the trunk of the vehicle, the officer found additional green tubes and three packages of clear plastic bags in various sizes commonly used to package and sell marijuana.

Based on the amount of marijuana and the packaging material on hand, Keels was placed under arrest and the vehicle was towed. Keels was charged with possession of marijuana and possession with the intent to sell, along with several other charges.He was also charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license, failing to display plates and failing to carry a certificate of registration/insurance. He was held on a $2,500 bond and was unable to post bail. He appeared in court on Sept. 27 as a result and will appear in court again on Oct. 18. He had prior charges of possession and sale of controlled substances, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia out of Norwalk in June 2015.

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