BRISTOL - A city man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison after he was found with enough marijuana for police to believe he was going to sell it and lying about his identity during another arrest.
Frederick Calderon, 23, of 135 Shawn Drive, accepted a plea bargain Monday in Bristol Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, second-degree forgery and first-degree failure to appear.
Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, said Calderon and another man were in a vehicle that was pulled over on March 11, 2015. The incident happened while police were conducting surveillance on a local housing project on Shawn Drive. Officers, Lee said, smelled marijuana and later found that there was enough of the controlled substance and other items consistent with drug dealing, including glassine baggies, to believe Calderon had intended on selling it.
Additionally, Lee said, Calderon was arrested on May 20 at a hotel in Southington, where he and another man had rented a room. They were supposed to check out by 5 p.m., but when a cleaning woman entered the room she found the men’s personal effects and what she believed was drug paraphernalia.
Police were called and found seven bags of marijuana, collectively weighing a little over 14 ounces. Calderon was arrested under the name Eric Norton, which he gave police. At a previous court hearing, Lee figured out the suspect was actually Calderon when he recognized him from previous court proceedings.
While he had five cases pending under two different names, Calderon, Lee said, failed to appear in court. A number of charges were dropped under the terms of the plea deal, including additional counts of failure to appear and sale of a controlled substance. Calderon was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison, suspended after service of 10 months, and three years of probation.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.