New Canaan Man, 20, Caught with Pot, Pills

Arrest information is supplied by the New Canaan Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.


Police arrested a 20-year-old New Canaan man late Thursday on drugs charges after finding a small amount of marijuana on him during a motor vehicle stop.

Matthew Harkins of Huckleberry Hill Road was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

According to police, Harkins was a passenger in a car that was stopped near the intersection of Old and New Norwalk Roads at 8:18 p.m. on Jan. 24 because the vehicle had a license plate frame around the rear plate (which is illegal).

Police smelled marijuana as they approached the car’s driver, said Sgt. Carol Ogrinc, public information officer for the New Canaan Police Department. The driver said there was no marijuana in the car but that the pair had been at a friend’s house where marijuana was smoked, Ogrinc said.

Harkins admitted that he had a small amount of marijuana on him, she said. He also had two prescription pills folded in a small cup that was not the original container, Ogrinc said.

Harkins was released after promising to appear Feb. 4 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

NATTYDADDY24 January 30, 2013 at 04:52 AM
wow pot is really such a big deal isn't it. this is actually funnnnnny that people still bug out over pot...its legalized, honestly grow up.
Roger Sterling January 30, 2013 at 05:13 AM
@NATTYDADDY24 You are right son. I am 60 and I smoke pot every day. New Canaan needs to relax. And what a BS pull over by the cops you know how many licence plate frames people have.
Glen K Dunbar January 30, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Pot is discusting. Smells awfull Not disrespect Rog....but your are WAY too old to be doing that kind is stuff anyway.
J.James February 05, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Ain't no such thing as too old. In fact, many medical conditions common in the elderly; arthritis, cataracts, glaucoma, loss of appetite, can be treated with the use of marijuana. Don't buy into the ultra-conservative "drugs are fundamentally evil" schtick, Glen. Marijuana is no worse for you than tobacco, in fact, it's better for you, considering it has no carcinogens, and helps to prevent the growth of cancer cells, and no one in recorded medical history has ever died from smoking pot.


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