HARTFORD POLICE NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN SEIZURE OF 6,000 BAGS OF HEROIN AND FIFTEEN ARRESTS


Pedro E. Segarra
Mayor

City of Hartford Police Department
50 Jennings Road
Hartford, Connecticut 06120
(860) 757-4000
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James C. Rovella
Interim
Chief of Police


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PUBLIC SAFETY NEWS
From the City of Hartford Office of Communications and New Media

For Immediate Release:    Friday, June 29, 2012

HARTFORD POLICE NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN SEIZURE
OF 6,000 BAGS OF HEROIN AND FIFTEEN ARRESTS 

(Hartford) – An investigation by the Hartford Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Division, with the assistance of the FBI, State of Connecticut Department of Correction, Statewide Narcotics Task Force and the HPD Patrol Division and Emergency Response Team, has led to the seizure of more than 6,000 bags of Heroin, $7,274 in U.S. Currency and fifteen arrests.

Prompted by numerous citizen complaints of drug dealing and criminal activity in the area of 2495 and 2505 Main Street, an investigation was conducted over a period of several months by the HPD Vice and Narcotics Division, the FBI, Department of Correction, Statewide Narcotics Task Force and the HPD Patrol Division and Emergency Response Team.  The investigation culminated with a  surveillance and apprehension operation on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at the locations, and the seizure of more than 6,00 bags of Heroin, $7,272 in U.S. Currency and fifteen arrests.

Mayor Pedro E. Segarra commended all the agencies involved saying, “The success of this investigation stands as a prime example of the benefits of community policing.  Citizens reported illegal activity to police and law enforcement responded.  As a result of their actions, combined with the collaborative response by investigative agencies, their neighborhood is safer today and those responsible for criminal activity will face prosecution and be held accountable for their actions.”

Charged with possession of narcotics were:  Michael Blodgett of Manchester, Joseph Guadiano of Hartford, Steve Massie of Windsor, Cynthia Vary of New Britain, Jennifer Oquendo of East Hartford, Luz Turner of Manchester, Steven Tracy of Enfield, Oscar Pecuilia of Hartford, and Jose Pinto of Hartford.

Charged with possession of narcotics and conspiracy to possess narcotics were:  Angel Santiago of East Hartford, Roberto Perez of Hartford, Anthony Benvenute of Enfield, and Lisa Thompson of Enfield.

Rafael Martinez of Hartford was charged with possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell narcotics, sales of narcotics, first degree criminal trespass, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, and sale of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school.  Victor Guadalupe of Hartford was charged with possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell narcotics, sale of narcotics, first degree criminal trespass, and possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school.

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Contact:   Nancy M Mulroy, Executive Assistant for Communications,  860-757-4021 or 860-550-1025
City of Hartford Office of Communications and New Media
Jared Kupiec, Acting Director, 860-692-2711
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