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Busted Tail Light Leads to Drug Arrest

Westport resident Michael Ostbye of 3 Glenwood Lane probably wishes he had fixed his busted tail light. On Tuesday afternoon, police stopped Ostbye, 20, on Post Road East for the blown tail light. In speaking with Ostbye, the officer smelled marijuana coming from inside the car. Ostbye admitted to having marijuana in his book bag. A search of the bag turned up a bowl, a grinder, rolling papers and a container of marijuana. Ostbye was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a promise to appear and is due in court Oct. 8.

Also from the police blotter:

? Police spotted Cesar Palencia, 48, of Stamford, driving a car on the Sherwood Island Connector without a front license plate. When Palencia was stopped, officers discovered he was driving without a license and his car was not registered. The car was uninsured, and the license plate belonged to another car. Officers also learned that Stamford police held two warrants for Palencia's arrest on charges of failure to charges. Palencia was charged with operating without a license, having insurance coverage below the minimum, misuse of plates and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. On the failure to appear charges, he is scheduled to appear Oct. 8 in Stamford Superior Court. For the motor vehicle charges, he is due Oct. 7 in Norwalk Superior Court.

? Julio Cevallos of Danbury was spotted by police early Tuesday crossing the double yellow center line while driving north on Riverside Avenue. When Cevallos, 30, was stopped, the officer smelled alcohol on his breath. Cevallos failed field sobriety tests and was charged with operating under the influence, failure to drive right and operating without a license. He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 8.

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