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Pair Face Drug Charges In Stop By Danbury Police, K-9

Frederico Mateo-Ogando, 21 Photo Credit: Danbury Police Department
Tahjae Roberts, 20 Photo Credit: Danbury Police Department

Two local men were popped on drug-related charges during a traffic stop by Danbury Police Officer Alex Relyea and his new K-9 partner, Gunner.

Frederico Mateo-Ogando, 21, and Tahjae Roberts, 20, both of Danbury, were arrested around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after being stopped in the Balmforth Avenue area, said Lt. Mark Williams.

Relyea’s attention was brought to a vehicle being operated by Mateo-Ogando, as a computer check revealed the registration plate on the vehicle didn’t match the car he was operating. Based on that, Relyea initiated a motor vehicle stop while approaching the vehicle detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the stopped car, Williams said.

A search of the car turned up an ounce of pot, several Xanax pills, and $680 in cash believed to profit from drug sales, police said.

Frederico Mateo-Ogando was charged with numerous traffic and drug violations. He is being held on $5,000 bond.

Roberts was also charged with various traffic and drug violations and is being held on $5,000 bond.

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