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Wrong way driver found with drugs, $21k cash in Newtown

A wrong way driver on the highway in Newtown was found by police to have 100 cartridges of THC vapes and over $21,000 in cash.  Newtown Police stopped the vehicle on the exit 10 on ramp around 9pm Tuesday.  Officer could smell marijuana as they approached the car. 

A search also turned up 9 ounces of marijuana wax and a digital scale. 

The driver, 38-year old Charles Palmenta of Pennsylvania, and the passenger, 34-year old Skyler Arnold of Norwalk, were arrested.  They were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and 2 counts of possession with intent to sell. 


The vehicle and cash were seized.  The men were released on bond. 

(Photos: Newtown Police)

Newtown Police spokesman Lt Aaron Bahamonde says this was a great arrest by an observant patrol officer, doing his job. He says these black market vape pens are the exact type that have sent dozens of people across the country to the hospital with serious, even critical, health issues.