EAST HAVEN >> A Branford man was arrested late Sunday after the keen nose of an East Haven K9 allegedly led police to a large amount of drugs in his vehicle.
Anthony Cardinali, 27, allegedly had drug paraphernalia in his lap when an officer approached him in the parking lot of McDonalds, 687 Main St., East Haven police spokesman Lt. Joseph Murgo said Monday in a press release.
Murgo said Officer Luke Rasile was on routine patrol at about 9:20 p.m. Sunday when he saw Cardinali’s vehicle backed into a space at the restaurant. Rasile allegedly saw the paraphernalia when he made contact with Cardinali.
Officer Kevin McGuire and his partner K9 Ace arrived at the scene moments later and swept the vehicle. Ace allegedly found 3.4 grams of cocaine, 37 bags of heroin, suspected ketamine and drug paraphernalia within the vehicle.
“This is yet another example of the results of proactive police work mixed with the specialty training of our K-9 program,” Murgo said in the release. “A dual purpose dog like K-9 Ace who is trained in narcotics detection as well as tracking is a valuable asset to any community.”
Cardinali was charged with possession of narcotics, illegal manufacture, distribution and sale of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $10,000 bail and is to appear Feb. 15 in New Haven court.
A listed phone number could not immediately be located for Cardinali. It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.