On Tuesday, May 29, Orange Patrol Officers reportedly saw a vehicle parked while running off the side of the street on Dogwood Road at 1:56 a.m. Aware of recent car burglaries, officers made a motor vehicle stop.
According to the report, the vehicle was occupied by five people, including the arrestee, Juan Lozada, 24, of Waterbury, who was the driver.
During the stop, police searched the vehicle and found a moderate amount of marijuana, packaging and weighing equipment, a loaded handgun, a number of car keys/fobs, a set of license plates, and $528 in cash.
The license plates were determined to have come from a car recently stolen from Watertown. One of the key fobs belonged to a car that had been entered the previous night on Riverside Drive.
A juvenile who was a passenger in the car was found to have a small amount of marijuana in his possession. When questioned he gave a false name.
The boy, who is not being identified due to his age, was charged with possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana and interfering with police.
He is to be in Juvenile Court on June 4.
Lozada was charged with operating a drug factory, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, sixth-degree larceny, driving without insurance, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, and illegal possession of a license plate.
He was held on $10,000 bond.
None of the other passengers in the vehicle were arrested.