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Norwalk Police: Armed Driver Had Crack Cocaine

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk man who got pulled over early Thursday for allegedly not having a light over his license plate turned out to have crack and a knife within easy reach, Norwalk police say.

Matthew Iannotta, 32, of 94 Bouton St., was arrested and charged with weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of narcotics, possession off hallucinogenic drugs or more than 4 ounces of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and possession of paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of a school. Bond was set at $1,000.

An officer spotted Iannotta driving north on South Main Street in an older Chevy pickup truck. He stopped the truck because the license plate light was out. He found out the registration was suspended because of a lack of insurance.

As the officer was writing a summons, another officer discovered that Iannotta had crack cocaine in a crack pipe, Sgt. James Boff said. There was a double-edged fixed-blade knife in the driver’s side door pocket, with a 4¾-inch blade. Officers also say they found a paper clip bent into a small rod, which they said was a plunger used to stuff crack into a pipe. While doing an inventory of his property at headquarters, officers found baggies of an off-white powder, which tested positive for cocaine.

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