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Man Faces Drug Charges After Westport Traffic Stop

A traffic stop in Westport on Friday night ended with the arrest of a Stratford resident on a drug charge.

Stephan Coronel, 34, was pulled over on the Interstate 95 northbound ramp at Exit 18 for having defective equipment, police said. When the officer approached Coronel's car, he smelled burnt marijuana coming from inside. The officer also saw marijuana flakes, seeds and stems on the floor of the car and the center counsel. A search of the car turned up a small aluminum foil pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana.

A computer search revealed Coronel was wanted by Trumbull police for sixth-degree larceny. Coronel was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to carry a certificate of registration. He was later turned over to Trumbull police and is due in court June 13.

Also from the police blotter:

• Bridgeport resident Gabriel Stan was arrested in Westport early Saturday after he was seen drifting in and out of his lane while speeding on Riverside Avenue, police said.

Once stopped, the officer smelled alcohol on Stan's breath. Stan, 35, failed field sobriety tests. Although he agreed to a breath test, he was unable to take one because he did not follow the officer's directions, police said. He was charged with operating under the influence and failure to drive right. He released after posting $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 14.

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