Stamford mayor's son pleads not guilty in drug case

Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy's son pleaded not guilty Wednesday during his first court appearance for drug charges.

Benjamin Malloy, 19, is charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and intent to sell marijuana. After defense attorney Bob Bello entered the not guilty plea, he asked for a continuance in the case. The hearing only lasted a few minutes.

The mayor accompanied his son to court, but neither spoke to reporters outside Stamford Superior Court.

Greenwich narcotics detectives and Stamford police arrested Malloy and four other teens Nov. 7 when they pulled over Malloy's car during an investigation. Police say they found 34 bags of marijuana in the vehicle.

Armed with a warrant, investigators searched the mayor's home, where they say they found more drug paraphernalia in the teen's room.

The mayor says his son voluntarily checked into a drug rehabilitation facility on the night of his arrest.

On Wednesday, the district attorney's office requested that the teen's progress be reported on a monthly basis.

Malloy is due back in court March 4.

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