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Driver Slapped With Drug Charges

An early evening cruise through Westport cost Bridgeport resident Oswaldo Morales big time. Police spotted Morales, 23, driving east Thursday on Post Road East at Maple Avenue. After a computer check on his plates turned up no results, a further check showed that they had expired in August 2008 and were registered to another car. When Morales was stopped, one of the officers noticed the odor of burned marijuana coming from inside the car, police reports said. A search of the car turned up three plastic bags filled with varying amounts of marijuana and two smoking pipes. Morales, who didn't have a driver's license, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and use of drug paraphernalia.  He also received six motor vehicles charges. He is due in court on Sept. 20.

Also from the police blotter:

? A domestic dispute between Westport residents Kim Ramos and Matthew Jones of 53 Kings Highway North went beyond raised voices Sunday morning. During the fight, the husband and wife allegedly hit each other, police said. Jones, 51, and Ramos, 43, were charged with disorderly conduct and are scheduled to appear in court Sept. 13.

? Less than 15 minutes later Sunday on Kings Highway North a Norwalk resident, Zayra Sanchez, 38, was stopped by police because her license plate was unreadable. Police learned that her driver's license was suspended and that there was an active Norwalk warrant out for her arrest. It stemmed from December 2009 motor vehicle charges for which she failed to appear. Sanchez was charged with illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under suspension and failure to keep plates readable. She is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 13.

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