WALLINGFORD — A 19-year-old Cheshire teen faces charges after police said they seized more than five pounds of drugs — including marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms — and more than $6,000 in cash following a motor vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon.
The incident began around around 4:30 p.m. when police were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash near 350 Center St. with a possible intoxicated driver.
Officers learned the driver and passenger of a 2014 Honda CRV, which had been the vehicle at-fault in the crash, changed seat positions before they had arrived.
The driver of the Honda, Edward Nigretti, 19, of Cheshire, fled the scene to hide a backpack and a cooler. Nigretti returned to the accident scene without those items, police said.
Police said Nigretti told them the crash occurred because he had taken his eyes off the road to look at his cell phone's GPS app. He also said he was driving without a license.
Nigretti led officers to where he had stashed a backpack and cooler filled with drugs and a wallet filled with cash, police said. Officers administered field sobriety tests, which led them to charge Nigretti with driving under the influence.
Investigating officers also observed what appeared to be drug paraphernalia in Nigretti's vehicle in plain view.
According to police, officers recovered about one pound of marijuana, 23 ounces of THC extracts, about 10 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, more than two-and-a-half pounds of marijuana edibles, along with drug packaging materials and more than $6,000 in cash.
Police charged Nigretti, 19, of Cheshire, with illegal possession of more than half-an-ounce of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence, possession of alcohol by a minor, interfering with a police investigation, operating a motor vehicle without a license, using a cell phone while driving and following too closely.
Police said Nigretti was released after posting $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Oct. 9.
Police also charged Nigretti's passenger, Hannah Ferrall, 18, of Cheshire, with illegal possession of marijuana, paraphernalia and interfering with police.
Officers discovered Ferrall was in possession of about three ounces of marijuana, 12 grams of mushrooms, along with paraphernalia, police said. She was released on a promise to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Oct. 9.