Possession with Intent to Distribute
Client charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute (CGS 21a-277). Client stopped for speeding and during the stop, cops noticed constant activity on his cell phone. Client denied having any illegal substances, but cops brought canine in to search. Canine smells marijuana and reacts which leads to search and client's arrest. Marijuana packaged in two separate containers, but quantity amounted to less than a half ounce. Cops confiscate marijuana and phone. Client refuses to give up password to phone and prosecutor gets irate. I apply for program which is granted over prosecutor's objection and client earns a dismissal.