Man Traps Officer's Leg in Door, Found With Drugs in Watertown: PD

Watertown Police have arrested a man who they say trapped an officer's leg in a door and was found with drugs in his home on Tuesday.

Officers were investigating smoke at a house on Westbury Park Road when they saw what they believed was a marijuana plant inside of the garage.

While police were investigating the incident, they made contact with a resident in the home, later identified as 33-year-old Michael Padilla Jr. At first, police said Padilla was cooperative with them, but then he slammed the door shut and trapped an officer's leg inside of the residence. Police said Padilla was pushing on the door in order to not allow the officer's leg out.

After a struggle, the officer was able to deploy his taser, which did not hit Padilla, but did allow the door to be opened. Padilla continued to fight with officers before he was taken into custody, according to officials.

Investigators obtained a search and seizure warrant for the property. When they executed it, police said they found one mature marijuana plant with grow lights, approximately six abused opiate pills, 30 single packs of marijuana edibles, approximately 30 grams of marijuana, 2.2 ounces of a marijuana-type product that police described as an edible, one strip of LSD, one small container of "magic sand," which police said is ecstasy/MDMA and nine grams of what appeared to be Psilocybin mushrooms.

Officers said some drugs were found in the freezer and others were found in kitchen cabinets that were available to everyone in the home. A rifle and a shotgun were also found in the home unsecured.

According to police, since two children under the age of 15 were living in the home, the Department of Children and Families was notified. 

Padilla is facing charges including interfering with an officer, breach of peace, possession of hallucinogenic, possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, possession of narcotics, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and risk of injury to a minor.

Padilla posted a $50,000 bond and will be in Waterbury Superior Court on September 25.

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