A traffic stop for a vehicle without a front license plate led to the arrest of a wanted Fairfield man on drug charges.
Leon Pasternak, 32, was arrested around 10:15 a.m. Monday by Westport police after the vehicle he was a passenger in was spotted by police on Weston Road without the front license plate, said Lt. Jillian Cabana, in a new release.
Officers spoke to the three occupants of the vehicle and asked them for identification. The front passenger told them he had no identification and provided a false name and date of birth, Cabana said.
The passenger, identified as Pasternak, was found to be in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia hidden in his jacket pockets, police said.
The vehicle was searched and a bag containing cocaine and a small glass pipe were located and also found to belong to Pasternak.
Officers also learned Pasternak had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Fairfield.
Pasternak was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with two counts of criminal impersonation, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and interfering with an officer, police said.
He was held on $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on June 18.
Pasternak was also charged with violation of probation/conditional discharge for an outstanding warrant. He is being held on $35,000 court set bond and is scheduled to appear in court on June 19 for that charge, Cabana said.
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