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3 Charged With Drug Possession in Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. — A New Haven man who was allegedly trespassing in the Colonial Village housing complex Monday night led a Norwalk police officer back to his car, where cocaine and marijuana were plainly visible, according to Sgt. Lisa Cotto. The man and his two friends were arrested.

Ian Collins, 37, of New Haven; Jason Hall, 34, of Bridgeport; and Hassaan Ross, 36, of 78 Marlin Drive, Norwalk, were charged with possession of a controlled substance, illegal manufacture/distribution/sale/prescription, third-degree criminal trespass, and conspiracy and sale/possession within distance of a school. Hall and Collins were also charged with possession of narcotics and given bond of $5,000. No bond was set for Ross, who had a court date Tuesday.

Cotto said the three men were hanging out in the parking lot of Colonial Village at 6:52 p.m., leaning against two cars. None could provide the name or address of the friend they said lived in the Norwalk Housing Authority complex, where no trespassing is allowed. Collins went to his Volvo to get his ID, and the officer followed him. The officer saw empty glassine bags, drug wrappers and drug paraphernalia. Police say Collins was confused, mumbling and looking at ground. His eyes were bloodshot, and the officer smelled marijuana.

Asked, "Why does it smell like weed over here?" Collins allegedly replied that the group had just smoked marijuana. The officer found a small glassine bag containing a green leafy substance and a sandwich bag with white powder, tied in a knot. Special services officers arrived and tested the powder, which was positive for cocaine.

Police also say they looked in a Chevy Trailblazer that belonged to Ross' wife and found five glassine envelopes containing marijuana in a cigarette box. Hall allegedly had marijuana in his sock and his wallet. Collins had $300 in his pocket. Hall and Collins are collected unemployment payments.

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