Heroin users arrested on Fairchild Road
A Trumbull man was arrested for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia on Fairchild Road at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.
Police said Matthew Miranti, 26, of Pine Street and and another resident were found with eight folds of heroin, a small plastic bag containing two additional grams of heroin, and a needle and a spoon used to shoot the drug.
According to a report, officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on the road and upon their arriving at the scene, the other man was outside the car and Miranti was in the passenger seat.
Miranti was asked to exit the vehicle, police said, and he had visibly shaky hands.
The report added that Miranti kept putting his hands in his pants pockets despite being warned several times by police to keep his hands visible.
A search of both men revealed they were not in possession of any substances, but a vehicle search revealed that there were drugs in the center console of the car.
Miranti and the man both denied responsibility for the drugs found in the vehicle. They were taken back to police headquarters before being released on a promise to appear in court Monday, Nov. 30. The state attorneys general office later nolled the charges against the other man.
Police said that Miranti has faced drug abuse and possession charges in the past, and therefore he wasn’t charged with intent to sell.
On Sept. 17, 2013, Miranti was stopped on Old Town Road for a motor vehicle violation. During that stop, he admitted to having painkillers in the car. Police said they found four Percocet pills and half a Xanax.
He was charged with failure to keep prescription drugs in the original container, possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance, and illegal possession within 1,500 feet of a school.
Prior to that, on July, 27, 2012, he was stopped for having a suspended license. A Trumbull police officer officer searched the car and found two unmarked bottles containing about 70 prescription pills that Miranti allegedly said he sold for $25 each. Miranti also reportedly had $2,964 cash in his pocket.
He was charged with failure to keep drugs in their container, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of narcotics with intent to sell.