Police stopped a man accused of not stopping at a traffic light in Wolcott on Monday and found 431 bags of heroin, police said.
When an officer stopped Dyshawn Key, 27, of Waterbury, Connecticut, at Meriden and Todd roads just before 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Key was reaching toward the back of the car in an apparent attempt to grab or hide something, police said.
As police checked the car, they noticed that the armrest in the back seat was down and there was access to the truck, so they checked the trunk and found a yellow and white spray can with a loose bottom, police said. Inside were several bags of heroin -- 431 bags in total -- according to police, and Key was also found with $1,600 in cash.
Key, who police said has a criminal record, was charged with two counts of possession of narcotics, two counts of with intent to sell and possession of narcotics in a school zone.
He is being held on a $150,000 bond and will be arraigned in Superior Court today.
This was the second traffic stop of the day where police found drugs.
Police stopped a Honda Civic with tinted windows and no front marker plate at 1500 Wolcott Road around 4:15 p.m. and smelled marijuana coming from the car.
The driver, Jeffrey Lyden, 26, of Naugatuck, admitted to smoking marijuana, police said, and officers found two plastic sandwich bags containing marijuana and a digital scale.
Lyden was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of an illegal substance in a school zone, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.
He was released with a court date on Jan. 19 after posting a $25,000 bond.