STAMFORD — Officers with the city’s Narcotics and Organized Crime unit arrested two local men early Saturday morning after receiving information about suspected illegal drug sales.
Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin said investigators received a tip that two men were selling drugs from a tan Nissan in the parking lot on Stillwater Avenue behind the Martin Luther King Apartments building.
Conklin said officers responded to the area at about 1 a.m. Saturday where they located the vehicle with two men inside.
As they approached the vehicle, Conklin said officers smelled PCP, a “very potent hallucinogen that is typically associated with hallucinations and violent behavior.”
“It has a very strong chemical odor,” Conklin said. “Once you smell it, it’s easy to recognize.”
The two Stamford men, identified as Michael C. Bell, 49, and Christopher E. Jones, 34, were removed from the vehicle and searched, during which Conklin said Bell attempted to swallow a small quantity of PCP and crack cocaine “in an attempt to conceal the drugs.”
The officers intervened, Conklin said, grabbing Bell’s arms and restraining him before he could get the drugs into his mouth.
Additionally, Conklin said officers found 15 bags of PCP, 3.7 grams of crack cocaine and 15.6 grams of marijuana in Jones’ possession.
Bell was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of a hallucinogen and interfering with an officer or resisting arrest.
Jones was charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of a hallucinogen with intent to sell and possession of a controlled substance.