Norwalk Police Arrest Two On Drug Charges In Ryan Park

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NORWALK, Conn. -- Two men were arrested in Norwalk on Wednesday, June 25, after police said they were found smoking marijuana in Ryan Park.

Curtis Johnson, 30, was charged with possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, criminal trespassing, criminal impersonation and interfering with an officer. Gilbert Rivera was charged with possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana and failure to respond to an infraction. Both will appear in court on July 3.

Norwalk police officers were patrolling in the area of Ryan Park around 5 p.m. when they spotted Johnson and Rivera sitting on a park bench smoking, according to police reports. Officers approached the two, knowing that there was a warrant out for Rivera's arrest, police said. Upon seeing the officers, the two dropped what was later found to be a blunt containing marijuana, according to police.

The officers began talking to Rivera, and informed him that there was a warrant out for his arrest. He was placed in handcuffs without incident, and upon searching him the officers found seven folds of heroin, according to police reports.

While the officers were talking to Rivera, Johnson began walking away, police said. The officers caught up with him, and he told them his name was "Robert Johnson" and that he didn't have any identification on him. He then ran away from the officers, crossing Day Street and heading towards Washington Village, according to police reports.

Police caught up to Johnson in the hallway of an apartment building and arrested him at Taser point, according to police reports. He told police that he had just gotten off special probation and had an ankle monitor removed that day. He was then taken into custody.

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