A Bethel man was arrested Thursday after illegal drugs were found in a vehicle parked in a commuter parking about 1,000 feet from a State Police barracks in Southbury, troopers said.

Peter J. Wertz, 31, of Greenwood Avenue, was charged with improper use of a license plate, failure to keep narcotics in an original container, use of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

According to the arrest report, shortly after 9 a.m., Trooper Trainee Nicolas Brunsden investigated a motor vehicle parked in the I-84 exit 16 commuter lot for misuse of a license plate.

“During the investigation, narcotics paraphernalia was visible in plain view and the operator (Wertz) was subsequently detained.

“During a search of the vehicle, 22 bindles (bundles) containing suspected heroin, 9 hypodermic needles, and 14 pills suspected to be Xanax were seized,” the arrest report said.

Wertz, who was released after posting a $5,000 bond, will appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Dec. 11.

Trooper Trainee Brunsden graduated from the State Police Academy on Oct. 8. He was assigned to the Troop A barracks that is located about 1,000 feet from the commuter parking lot.