Report by Paula Antolini, September 5, 2019, 12:30PM EDT
On Tuesday evening at about 9pm Newtown Police Officers stopped a gray 2005 Infinite on the on ramp of I-84 after police observed the vehicle pull onto the I-84 exit 10 off ramp traveling in the wrong direction.
After observing the violation the vehicle was stopped and as the officers approached the vehicle a strong odor of marijuana could be smelled coming from the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle found 9oz of marijuana wax, a digital scale, 100 cartridges of THC vapes and over $21,000 in cash.
The driver Charles Palmenta,age 38, of Pittston PA and the passenger Skyler Arnold, age 34, of Norwalk CT were both placed under arrest and charged with the following charges;
Possession with intent to sell (2 counts)
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
The vehicle and cash were seized.
Both suspects were released after posting $25,000 bonds and are now scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court.
“This was a great arrest by an observant patrol officer, doing his job. These black market vape pens are the exact type that have sent dozens of people across the country to the hospital with serious, even critical, health issues. We are happy they were taken off the streets.”
Lt. Aaron Bahamonde