Bristol man found with cocaine, crack during traffic stop gets 5 years in prison

Published on Thursday, 12 September 2019 16:21


BRISTOL - A city man pulled over in March and found with powder cocaine, crack and marijuana has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Louis Hernandez, 31, of 154 Park St., accepted a plea bargain in New Britain Superior Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to one count of possession of narcotics with intent to sell.

He was sentenced to five years in prison with no probation.

In exchange for the plea, a number of charges were dropped, including those of distribution of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a prohibited area (the Cambridge Park Housing Complex and the Bonnie Acres Housing Complex), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and some motor vehicle offenses.

Hernandez was pulled over on March 16, about 6:23 p.m., in the area of Vance Road and Dorothy Road. Police said the Infiniti he was driving did not have a front license plate on it and had illegal tinted windows.

At the time, police said, he had been investigated since late last year on the suspicion that he was involved in selling crack cocaine out of his home and throughout Bristol.

During the traffic stop, police reported seeing two bottles of what appeared to be prescription marijuana. Although Hernandez produced a medical marijuana card, police said, the bottles had no information indicating they were prescribed to him. 

Police had Hernandez get out of the vehicle before noticing what looked like fragments of crack cocaine in the Infiniti, according to police. A search of the car turned up 12.35 grams of crack cocaine, 7.5 grams of powder cocaine, a little more than 50 grams of marijuana and a digital scale with white residue on it. Police found Hernandez with $304, which was seized. 

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 12 September 2019 16:21. Updated: Thursday, 12 September 2019 16:24.