NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Police Department has named officers Brian Barrett, Richard Holmes, Owen Lee and David Geismar as November’s Officers of the Month.
According to a post on the department’s Facebook page , the officers were recognized for their efforts on the Strategic Narcotics Enforcement Team, a specialized unit that “consistently” makes quality drug and weapons arrests.
On Nov. 2, Barrett and Geismar saw a man smoking marijuana on the sidewalk in the Golden Hill section of the city, according to police. The man ran, but was taken into custody by the officers after a “lengthy foot chase,” police said.
After searching the man, he was found to be in possession of a 9mm handgun and 36 grams of marijuana worth an estimated $2,631, police said. The gun was later found to have been stolen from a Darien home.
On Nov. 23, Holmes and Lee made a similar arrest, according to police.
The officers were conducting a traffic stop when they detected an odor of marijuana from the car, according to police. After arresting the suspect and searching the car, police found a 9mm handgun and 14.88 grams of marijuana, according to police. The suspect in the case was also found to be a convicted felon who is prohibited from carrying a gun.
Still another arrest occurred on Nov. 26 when Geismar and Holmes conducted another traffic stop and again detected the scent of marijuana, according to authorities.
After arresting the driver of the car and searching the vehicle, the officers found a .38-caliber handgun and 7.7 grams of marijuana, a scale and packaging materials, according to police.