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K-9 Search Leads to Drug Arrest in Fairfield Park

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Ruger, Fairfield’s new police dog, was involved in a drug arrest Wednesday afternoon that led to the seizure of more than 52 grams of marijuana in Tunxis Hill Park , police said.

William Martel, 20, of Hill Top Drive, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia for the incident.

Police gave the following account:

A patrol officer approached Martel as he sat in his car in the upper parking lot of the park at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. A strong odor of marijuana was coming from the car. But Martel told the officer that he had just rented the car, and there were no drugs inside.

When Officer Kevin Wells and Ruger were called to the scene, the dog smelled drugs in the center console of the car. Wells found a glass jar containing a marijuana, and a smaller plastic bag containing the drug.

The combined weight of the marijuana in the car was 52.9 grams.

Martel was taken into police headquarters and charged with possession of less than four ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a promise to appear in court, and will face charges on Jan. 9.

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