Drug bust nets ecstacy, $ 110K

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - News - STAFF RE­PORTS

WESTPORT — Po­lice con­fis­cated a large amount of cash and some ec­stasy pills af­ter ap­proach­ing a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle parked out­side a closed store early Sat­ur­day morn­ing.

As he talked to the one woman and two men in the car at 1: 30 a. m., Cpl. Kevin Smith de­tected a strong odor of mar­i­juana, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

When a sec­ond woman emerged from the rear of the hard­ware store at 796 Post Road, Smith called for backup..

The fe­male car oc­cu­pant was in pos­ses­sion of a small amount of mar­i­juana, for which she was given an in­frac­tion. Po­lice said Ninifa Ruiz, who came from be­hind the store, was found to be in pos­ses­sion of ec­stasy pills.

Part of the backup team help­ing Smith was K- 9 Onyx. Po­lice said that when they searched the ve­hi­cle, they found $ 110,000 in a back­pack. None of the four in­di­vid­u­als claimed own­er­ship of the back­pack or the large amount of cash.

Ruiz, 30, of Everett, Mass., was taken into cus­tody af­ter the of­fi­cers seized the pills and the money. She was charged with sale of a hal­lu­cino­gen and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance.

Ruiz was re­leased af­ter post­ing $ 7,500 bail and is sched­uled to ap­pear Oct. 16 in Nor­walk Su­pe­rior Court.

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Ecstacy seized by Westport Po­lice Depart­ment.

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