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Old Lyme man charged with possession of heroin, crack cocaine and other drugs in Griswold

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Griswold — A man from Old Lyme was charged with possession of multiple drugs, including heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine, Tuesday night in Griswold, according to police.

Jesse Brochu, 38, was riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by 29-year-old Chelsey Chojnacki of Jewett City when the two were pulled over by state police for a routine traffic stop on Interstate 395 in Griswold at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday, according to Connecticut State Police at Troop E in Montville.

While the vehicle was pulled over near Exit 22 in Griswold, police noticed "several indicators of criminal activity" and became suspicious that Brochu may be in possession of narcotics, according to a statement released by police.

Chojnacki was found to be driving with a suspended license and Brochu tried to falsely identify himself to troopers, who called in a narcotic detecting K-9 named Elsa, police said.

Elsa located narcotics in the vehicle and troopers said they recovered 7 grams of heroin, 14 grams of crack cocaine, 23 grams of cocaine and 3 grams of marijuana, along with an unknown number of Naloxone, Oxycodone and Adderall tablets, in the pocket of Brochu's sweatshirt and stashed in the area near his lap, police said.

Brochu, of 518 Boston Post Road, also was found to be wanted on a felony warrant for violating probation, police said.

He was charged with violation of probation, criminal impersonation, interfering with an officer, sale of narcotic substances and possession of controlled substances, police said.

He was taken to a correctional center where he was being held on a combined bond of $115,000, police said. He was scheduled to be arraigned in New London on Wednesday.

Chojnacki was charged with driving with a suspended license and was released at the scene. She is scheduled to appear in court in Norwich on June 2.

t.hartz@theday.com

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