Norwalk Cops: Man Attempted To Hide Cocaine In Police Car

NORWALK, Conn. -- Smooth he ain't. A Norwalk man tried to slip his crack cocaine into the vents on a police cruiser's hood after an officer has detained him Thursday evening, police said.

Terrence Powell
Terrence Powell Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

However, Terrence Powell's efforts were for naught as the officer noticed what he was doing, Norwalk Police said.

The incident began just before 6 p.m. near Concord and Main streets when an officer on patrol noticed Powell, 44, of 9 Gibson Court, drop and quickly grab what appeared to be crack cocaine-like substances, police said. 

Unbeknownst to Powell, the officer was right behind him and quickly pulled his cruiser in front of him, police said. 

The officer ordered Powell to place his hands on the hood of the cruiser, but he initially refused, police said. 

He eventually placed one hand on the hood but kept the other hand clenched, police said. Powell then slid it toward the vents on the cruiser's hood and appeared to slide an object into the vent, police said. 

When officers attempted to complete the arrest, Powell struggled and had to be taken down to the ground to be handcuffed, police said. Officers then searched the opened hood and discovered the cocaine, police said.

During a search of Powell at headquarters, police said they found another piece of cocaine. 

Powell was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics near a school and interfering with an officer. He was released on a promise to appear in court on March 10.

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