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WESTERLY — Two Connecticut men are facing charges after police said an investigation into complaints of suspicious activity led officers to find several bundles of heroin and a large quantity of marijuana in a nearby out-of-state car.

Jonathan Javier Galarza, 23, of Groton, and 20-year-old Luis Angel Falu Jimenez, of Norwich, were each taken into custody Friday evening on charges of possession of a narcotic substance. Each was also cited for possession of marijuana, according to Westerly police.

Westerly Police Capt. Steven Johnson said the charges stem from an investigation into a complaint made around 8:30 Friday evening reporting a suspicious car parked in the driveway of a Pierce Street home.

Officers located Galarza and Jimenez along Pierce Street, with each indicating that they were just visiting the area. Johnson said one of the men indicated they had driven there before both then denied they had ever been in a car.

During the investigation, a police report said officers located a Honda in the neighborhood containing a Pennsylvania license plate that did not belong to the car. The police also found a key on the ground near the two men that opened the Honda. One of the suspects’ wallets, containing his ID, was found inside the car.

Johnson said a search of the car led officers to find 41 wax-paper bundles containing heroin, as well as numerous bags of marijuana prepackaged for sale. In all, the department seized 10 grams of heroin and 3.5 ounces of marijuana.

Both men were arraigned and later released on a promise to appear in Washington County Superior Court for a felony screening in June, according to Rhode Island judicial records.

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