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Three Westport Teens Face Drug Charges

Suspicious behavior is a major warning sign to police, and on Tuesday afternoon, it led to the arrest of two Westport teens. And then a suspicious text message led to the arrest of a third teen.

It began when an officer spotted John Hanley of 150 Imperial Ave. and George Lawrence of 24 Vista Terrace driving in a "suspicious manner" within the Baldwin Parking Lot. When the office pulled the car over on Church Lane, both Hanley, 19, and Lawrence, 18, reportedly continued to act in a suspicious manner and gave the officer evasive answers. For the officer's safety, both men were patted down.

Hanley was found to be carrying folds of heroin and $240 in mixed bills. Lawrence was in possession of Oxycodone pills. It was later learned that they were on their way to meet someone in the parking lot and sell that person drugs.

During the investigation, Hanley received a text message on his cell phone from Walter Kosner of 11 Wake Robin Road. According to police, Kosner, 19, was looking to buy drugs. Officers used the cell phone to text him back and made arrangements to meet. When Kosner showed up, he, too, was arrested.

Hanley and Lawrence were charged with possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and sale of a controlled substance. Kosner was charged criminal attempt to possess narcotics. All three men were due in court Dec. 17.

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