A local man has been arrested after police say he was found with enough crack cocaine that they believe he intended to sell it.

According to CT Post, State Police arrested 43-year-old Waterbury resident Terrell Jermaine Staton on Tuesday, charging him with intent to sell/distribute a narcotic substance.

Police say a trooper's license plate recognition system identified an unregistered car on I-84 around the Exit 6 area. Authorities say they stopped the vehicle that reportedly belongs to Staton, and then an investigation uncovered the man was allegedly in possession of 11.9 grams of crack-cocaine.

State Police also say the man had an outstanding warrant on a previous parole violation. Staton was arrested, charged, was unable to post bond and was held at the Troop A headquarters in Southbury.

After some research, I learned that 11.9 grams is close to like three "eight balls." I learned that by asking a friend who shall remain nameless. What does possession of three eight balls mean? If you are "holding" three "eight balls" on "the streets" you are either the lowest level drug dealer or a massive crack head.

If I was a defense lawyer representing a person charged with intent to distribute after an arrest for three "eight balls," I know exactly how I would frame my case. I'd walk into the courtroom and say something like: "Your honor, my client is no drug dealer. He's just a huge crack head. This guy loves crack so much. You should see him smoke crack -- he's just so passionate about it."

Boom, distribution/intent charges are now a thing of the past, the future is bright and I just got my crack head back on the streets to smoke crack until the cows come home. I would have been a great lawyer -- I'm super realistic. I can't get a case similar to this one thrown out all together, but at least I can get my guy some sun light in the next 3-4 years.

Editor's note: After some further research (too many gangster movies) it appears that "eight balls" typically refer to a certain amount of cocaine in its powder form, not the crack rock form. At the very least, this tells us that despite his quirks and numerous vices, the author of this story, Lou Milano, isn't into cocaine in either its powder or crystallized rock form. On a somewhat related note, Lou's friend makes some seriously bomb kettle corn. It's incredibly addictive - a lot like crack.  


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