Troopers seize narcotics, marijuana and cash following motor vehicle stop in Orange

ORANGE — State police arrested two people and seized more than a pound of marijuana, half kilogram of powder cocaine and approximately $2,500 in cash during motor vehicle stop early Tuesday, state police said in a release.

At about 12:30 a.m., troopers from the CSP Bridgeport barracks were conducting motor vehicle enforcement when they observed a motor vehicle violation involving a 2004 Acura TSX.

Troopers subsequently stopped the Acura on Racebrook Road near New Haven Avenue, according to Trooper Kelly Grant, a state police spokeswoman.

Upon speaking with the Acura occupants, troopers “immediately detected the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle” and determined that marijuana may still be contained in the vehicle, Grant said in the release.

With the assistance of a state police narcotics detection dog , troopers located and seized marijuana, cocaine and cash from inside the vehicle.

The driver, Jocelyn Serrano-Rivera, and passenger, Jonathan Brito, were arrested and taken to the Troop G barracks.

Serrano-Rivera, 20, of Gilbert Street, Hamden, and Brito, 24, of Summit Street, Derby, are charged with conspiracy to commit possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school or day care, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school and possession of untaxed marijuana.

Serrano-Rivera, who also was charged with speeding, was held in lieu of $150,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Derby today.

Brito was held in lieu of $250,000 bond with the same court date.