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Police: Staffer Finds Men Using Cocaine In Fairfield Restaurant Men's Room

Chinedu Ogbenta
Chinedu Ogbenta Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A Bridgeport man was arrested early Sunday after he was found using cocaine in the men’s room of a local restaurant, police said.

An employee at Geronimo’s Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill told officers two men were in the bathroom for about 15 minutes when he went in and found them snorting cocaine off a cell phone, police said.

Both were asked to leave the eatery, but Chinedu Ogbenta, 30, of Folino Drive, stayed on and was asked to leave three times before he did, driving eastbound on the Post Road in a grey Nissan, police said.

Witnesses gave officers a description of Ogbenta, who was wearing a neon pink tank top, police said.

Officers who happened to be near 55 Wine Bar and Wood Grille on nearby Miller Street observed Ogbenta driving the Nissan into that restaurant’s parking lot. One looked in the car and saw what he thought was white powder on a cell phone in plain view on the car’s center console, police said.

Upon questioning, Ogbenta admitted to using cocaine at Geronimo’s, police said. A pat-down turned up a baggie of about .68 grams of a substance field-tested as cocaine and six dextroamphedamine pills, commonly used to treat ADHD, police said.

Ogbenta was charged with possession of narcotics and possession of a controlled substance, police said.

He was released on a promise to appear in court on July 24.

The second man in the bathroom was not found.

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