Police: Bridgeport driver stopped with heroin/fentanyl

MONROE, CT — A Bridgeport woman stopped on Main Street, while driving a white Acura with a fraudulent temporary Connecticut registration on it, had 96 grams of heroin/fentanyl in the car, according to police.

Priscilla Vongkeomany, 18, of Bridgeport, was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of alcohol by a minor, operating while under suspended license, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving with no insurance and misuse of plates.

She was held on $5,000 bond and arraigned at court Thursday morning.

Officers said Vongkeomany, who had a learner’s permit and not a driver’s license, was pulled over Thursday at approximately 5 a.m. Police said the vehicle was unregistered and her driving privileges were suspended.

Before towing the Acura, an inventory of the vehicle was performed and officers found 336 wax folds (96 grams) of heroin/fentanyl in the center console, according to the report.

Jeep sale goes awry

A Monroe man, who sells cars on the side, sold a Jeep Compass to a Waterbury woman, which turned out to be a lemon, according to police.

Police said she had paid $5,000 cash during a transaction in Monroe, but came back after finding things wrong with the vehicle, only to be told “all sales are final.”

When she went to register the car at the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Pennsylvania title said registration could not be issued because of unpaid taxes, according to the report.

The buyer told officers that the seller, Edgar Gonzales, 23, of Bart Road, did not mention anything about title problems and told her everything was legal, police said.

Gonzales turned himself in on a warrant Wednesday charging him with third-degree larceny and illegal operation of a motor vehicle sales business without a license. He was released on $5,000 bond for an Aug. 11 court date.

Flashing stop sign dislodged

The Connecticut Department of Transportation put up a temporary stop sign at the intersection of Wheeler Road and Route 110 following a two-vehicle-crash that dislodged the flashing stop sign on Thursday night.

A 42-year-old Monroe woman received an infraction for failure to obey a stop sign, after police said she drove north on Wheeler Road in a Honda Accord and entered the intersection without stopping.

A 45-year-old man in a 2022 Ford Ranger, who was heading east on Route 110, struck the Honda and the flashing stop sign on Wheeler Road was dislodged during the collision, police said.

Both drivers said they were not injured, according to police.

Firefighters also responded to the accident.

Insufficient funds

The owner of TLC Wholesale Nursery on Main Street told police someone bought over $22,000 worth of plants on June 30 with a check that bounced.

When the check came back from Wells Fargo Bank unprocessed due to insufficient funds, police said the business tried to contact the customer without a reply.

After a complaint was filed on Monday, Aug. 1, police also tried to make contact with the customer without success, according to the report. Police are continuing to investigate.

Stolen catalytic converters

Orkin, 200 Main St., reported the theft of three catalytic converters from vehicles in its parking lot sometime overnight. Though it was reported on Aug. 3, police said the theft occurred on July 31.

Fraudsters can’t dupe Monroe residents

Monroe residents did the right things to avoid being scammed on several occasions in the past week.

On Wednesday, a Monroe man told police his PayPal account had been hacked, but an attempt to make a fraudulent purchase did not go through.

When the hacker tried to extort him, the resident stopped responding, changed his passwords and reported the incident to police.

In another incident reported Wednesday, a Monroe man told officers he received a letter, claiming to be from the U.S. Department of Treasury Bureau of Fiscal Services, saying he owed the Army and Air Force Exchange Service $1,003.36.

He reached out to the U.S. Department of Treasury Bureau of Fiscal Services and learned the letter was not legitimate, according to police.

On Thursday, a woman told police the HR department at her job said someone tried to use her information make an unemployment claim for $517 a month.

She corrected this with her employer and People’s United Bank told her there was no fraudulent activity on her accounts, police said.

She had no financial loss and contacted the major credit bureaus, put a freeze on her credit, and is monitoring her accounts.

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