A traffic stop by state police Friday afternoon led to a major marijuana arrest in Hartford.

According to the Connecticut State Police Facebook page, about 5:10 p.m. Friday, troopers from Troop H – Hartford conducted a motor vehicle stop on Market Street, near Interstate 84 ,exit 50 in Hartford after they observed the operator of a motor vehicle talking on a cell phone.

The operator, Karriem Holness, 34 of East Hartford was the sole occupant of the vehicle and did not have a valid driver’s license. While speaking with Holness, troopers determined that illegal narcotics were present inside of the vehicle and initiated an investigation. Through the course of the investigation troopers conducted a search of the vehicle and located 2.2 pounds of marijuana.


Holness was taken into custody and transported to Troop H where he was fingerprinted, photographed, and charged with possession of marijuana and illegal sale of a controlled substance.

Holness was released after posting a $15,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Hartford Superior Court on April 25.