Two arrested on drug charges following traffic stop on I-91

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State Police have released information about two Connecticut residents arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop on I-91 in Bernardston earlier this week.

According to State Police Media Relations, 31 year-old Rondale Mapp of Hartford and 26 year-old Latifa Brown of East Hartford were both charged with cocaine trafficking following the traffic stop early Sunday morning.

A trooper had pulled them over for a loud exhaust and a broken plate light.

According to State Police, the trooper discovered that the driver, Mapp, did not have a license, and he was driving under the influence of drugs. Brown, his passenger, also had a suspended license.

A drug recognition expert with the Greenfield Police Department assisted troopers in the case, and as an inventory was done on the car, police allegedly discovered 28 grams of crack cocaine and two bags of marijuana, as well as a single marijuana “blunt.”

In addition to the cocaine trafficking charges, Mapp faces a series of motor vehicle charges, including operating under the influence of drugs and having an unregistered motor vehicle. Both defendants are additionally charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Mapp’s bail was set at $5,040, while bail for Brown was set at $3,540.

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