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Fairfield police dog helps seize marijuana; arrest made

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Possession of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a school, intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia were the charges May 24 against a Stratford man.

Ansar Khawaja, 21, of 35 Broadmere Road, was stopped by Fairfield police officers while driving on Villa Avenue.

Officer Kevin Wells and police K-9 Ruger investigated after Wells smelled a strong odor of marijuana from inside the vehicle, police said.

The operator appeared “extremely nervous” and had to be asked several times to exit the vehicle, according to the report.

Officer Wells conducted an exterior perimeter search with Ruger, who alerted and indicated the presence of a narcotic substance on the exterior door handles of the vehicle, police said.

The interior of the vehicle was searched and Ruger located a black back pack on the rear seat.

A search revealed ounces of marijuana, plastic packaging bags, a scale, glass pipe, cash and rolling papers. All items were seized and the vehicle was towed.

Bond was $5,000 bond for court June 11.

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