Torrington arrests for Nov. 6, 2017 – The Register Citizen

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EVADING RESPONSIBILITY: Matthew Titus, 21, of 495 Migeon Ave., second-floor apartment, Torrington, was arrested on a warrant stemming from Oct. 14 and charged with evading responsibility, failure to drive in proper lane and failure to display reflectorized plate. He was given $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court Nov. 13.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Felicia E. Gulyas, 18, of 220 Lyman Drive, Torrington, was arrested Nov. 5 and charged with disorderly conduct. She was released on a $1,000 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Torrington Nov. 6.
RESTRAINING ORDER: John Pasko, 39, of 60 Ridgebrook Road, Torrington, was arrested on a warrant stemming from Oct. 26 and charged with criminal violation of a restraining order. He was released on a $1,000 court-set surety bond and scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Torrington Nov. 6.
TORRINGTON — A city resident was charged with possession with intent to sell after being found with 3.5 ounces of marijuana during a traffic stop, police said.
Sean P. Cote, 23, of 267 Circle Drive, was arrested Nov. 5 and also charged with possession of a controlled substance or less than a half-ounce of marijuana, possession in a school zone, possession of drug paraphernalia in a school zone and possession of narcotics.
An officer saw a vehicle driven by Cote fail to completely stop at the intersection of Harwinton Avenue and Hill Street and conducted a traffic stop, according to a probable cause report. There was “a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the interior of the vehicle,” police wrote in the report.
Cote told the officer he had marijuana in his pocket and in a backpack in the vehicle, according to the report.
When searching the backpack, the officer found three mason jars containing a total of 3.5 ounces of marijuana, a mason jar containing rice, small and larger plastic bags, rubber bands and a scale, according to the report. Six Xanax tablets were also found in the vehicle, police said.
“Based on my training and experience, when an individual possesses a large amount of marijuana combined with unused plastic bags, rubber bands, and a scale, it means they are preparing to weight different amounts of marijuana and package it for sales purposes,” said the officer.
When asked about the jar of rice, Cote told the officer he had it for a while, but previously used it to dry out cocaine.
“I asked Sean why he had all the packaging supplies, scale and marijuana and he refused to answer the question. I asked Sean if he sold the marijuana and he informed me the items have been in his vehicle for a very long time,” said the officer. “Sean did not ever admit to selling the marijuana but did admit to having (it) for his personal use… I did not (locate) any paraphernalia that would suggest marijuana use but I did locate the proof that he divides the larger amount into smaller weighed out amounts for sale.”
Cote was arrested and held in lieu of a $2,500 cash bond ahead of a Monday court appearance, police said. He was arraigned Monday in Superior Court in Torrington, where his bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety and the case was continued until Nov. 28.
TORRINGTON — A Torrington man was recently arrested and charged after officers responded to a report of the abduction of a child and found marijuana in his car, according to city police.
Carlos Torres, 38, of 27 Whiting Ave., Torrington, was arrested Nov. 1 and charged with possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia — more than a half-ounce of marijuana, use of drug paraphernalia, risk of injury to child and operating a motor vehicle under suspension.
Multiple city police officers responded to Prospect Street for a report of a potential abduction of a child by a parent just after 6 p.m. on Nov. 1, according to a probable cause report.
Torres had already returned with the child when the officer writing the report arrived on scene, according to the report.
The officer noticed an open tool bag “containing several cigar packages that I know through my training and experience to be used for smoking marijuana,” and the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to the report.
Torres admitted that the bag belonged to him and that it contained marijuana and a grinder, according to police.
While searching the bag, the officer also found a pill bottle containing tobacco and razor blades, a portion of a straw containing a white paper residue, a single rolled up dollar bill and a piece of a torn plastic bag, police said.
“Because Torres was in possession of the above drug paraphernalia in (which a) juvenile was located and within arms reach, while operating with a suspended license, Carlos was placed into custody and charged,” said the officer.
Torres was released on $500 surety bail and scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Torrington Nov. 9, police said.

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