4 nabbed in North Branford drug busts

Rachael Scarborough King; Register Staff
Published: February 6, 2008

NORTH BRANFORD – Police made four marijuana-related arrests in three incidents over the weekend. The biggest bust was on Saturday, police said, when officers arrested a local teenager they identified as a drug dealer.

Police said undercover officers with the department’s underage drinking task force spotted a suspected drug deal in the parking lot of a liquor store on Foxon Road. They followed one of the cars as it left the business and pulled over the driver.

Police said the officers found empty plastic bags and wrappers on the floor of the car, after which they searched the vehicle. Police said 15 plastic bags of different sizes filled with marijuana, three bags filled with hallucinogenic mushrooms, an electronic scale and $558 were found in the car.

The driver, Stephen Zukowski, 18, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of hallucinogens with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $500 bail with a court date of Feb. 14 in Superior Court in New Haven.

The same night, an officer pulled over a car for swerving on Foxon Road, according to police. Police said the officer saw two plastic bags filled with what looked like marijuana on the floor of the front passenger seat, and arrested the passenger, Davor Mukic, 18, of Guilford. Mukic was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and released on a promise to appear Feb. 12 in Superior Court in New Haven. The driver was not arrested.

On Sunday, an officer driving on Clintonville Road on his way to work saw two cars swerving in and out of traffic and playing “chicken” by driving on the wrong side of the road, police said. When the cars crossed from North Haven into North Branford, the officer pulled them over. Police said the officer found a pipe with marijuana in it inside one of the vehicles.

Two 17-year-olds were arrested on possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and were released on a promise to appear Feb. 13 in court in New Haven. The drivers, both 17, were charged with reckless driving.

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