SOUTHINGTON - A Manchester man arrested in Southington after he was found with crack cocaine during a motor vehicle stop accepted a plea bargain on Monday, pleading guilty to a reduced charge.
Pablo Feliciano, 38, was sentenced to seven months in prison during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court. He pleaded guilty during the hearing to one count of possession of a controlled substance.
Charges of possession of narcotics with intent to sell, operating under suspension, use of drug paraphernalia and failure to display registration plates were not pursued.
During the hearing on Monday, state prosecutor Ronald Dearstyne said Feliciano “should be jumping up and down for joy” over the deal his attorney worked out for him.
Feliciano was arrested Aug. 13 after Southington police received a suspicious vehicle complaint in the area of Spring Street. Police initiated a motor vehicle stop of the Chevrolet Uplander nearby, on Queen Street, but Feliciano, the driver, did not immediately pull over.
Police said two people in the vehicle could be seen moving around as the vehicle slowed down. During the stop, police reported seeing a rock-like substance - which appeared to be crack cocaine - on the floor of the vehicle. A brown paper bag and a pill bottle containing crack were also found.
Police said Feliciano took responsibility for the drugs.
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