STAMFORD, Conn. — An 18-year-old Stamford man is facing drug and weapon charges after he was caught driving while on his cellphone Sunday, police said.
Officers found the suspected drug dealer in the area of 1103 E. Main St. and pulled his vehicle over when they saw him speaking on the phone, Sgt. Robert Shawinsky said. The officers handcuffed the suspect, Hakeem Atkinson, after they smelled marijuana in the car and saw a folding knife in the front seat, the sergeant said.
Atkinson told the officers that he had marijuana in the front console, which they found in a medical bottle, Shawinsky said. Police also found 14 grams of crack cocaine individually wrapped in a sandwich bag in his front pocket, the sergeant said.
Officers used the Valtox test kit to positively identify the cocaine, Shawinsky said.
Atkinson, 18, was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license, failure to use a hands-free cell phone device, possession of narcotics, possession of a hallucinogen more than 4 ounces of marijuana, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, and sale of certain illegal drugs, police said. He was held on $5,000 bond, Shawinsky said.