WESTPORT, Conn. – A 26-year-old Bridgeport man recently charged with burglary in Westport has additionally been charged with possession of narcotics, police said.
Philip Rivera turned himself in on a warrant Tuesday charging him with heroin possession, a felony. The charge stems from an incident in which five small bags of heroin were found in one of Rivera’s shoes before he was scheduled to appear in court on the Westport burglary charges, police said.
Rivera was one of two men arrested and charged with burglary two weeks ago after a Treadwell Avenue resident came home in the afternoon and found the men there , police said. Rivera was charged with third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary—both felonies—and possession of burglary tools, a misdemeanor.
Unable to post a $100,000 bond, Rivera was held overnight and transported to Norwalk Superior Court for arraignment the next morning. He was turned over to Judicial Marshals, who in searching Rivera, found a small tear in the sidewall of one of his sneakers, police said. Five wax paper bags that contained a powdery substance were pulled from inside the tear, according to the police report.
The bags were brought back to police headquarters where they tested and found to be heroin, police said. An arrest warrant for Rivera was then applied for and granted. He was released after posting a $500 bond and is set to appear in court on March 28.
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