Cops Find Pot In Couple’s Car After Domestic Violence Arrest

Ansonia police said they found a quarter-pound of marijuana inside a vehicle after arresting two people on domestic violence charges Wednesday.

According to a prepared statement from Lt. Patrick Lynch, Seymour cops had contacted Ansonia police about 6:18 p.m. to notify them that a man and woman were fighting inside a car on Wakelee Avenue near the Route 8 exit 19 ramp.

When Ansonia officers met Seymour police at the scene, Lynch said, they found Joshua Wantanabe, of North Haven, and Amanda Gordon, of Seymour, both 21, in the vehicle, which was parked at the former Molto Bene restaurant.

“Wantanabe was the subject of a full no contact protective order involving Gordon,” Lynch said. “Based on the Seymour PD officers’ observations and active protective order both Wantanabe and Gordon were arrested.”

While Ansonia police were doing an inventory of the car the couple had been in, Lynch said they found “approximately one quarter of a pound of marijuana, marijuana wax, a digital scale, and a smoking pipe.”

Police charged Wantanabe with violation of a protective order, disorderly conduct, possession of more than a half-ounce of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police charged Gordon with third-degree criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, possession of more than a half-ounce of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wantanabe was held on bonds totaling $10,000 and was due to be arraigned Wednesday at Superior Court in Derby.

Gordon was released on a written promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 28.

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