A Connecticut man was detained on Jan. 16 after Hartford police say that they seized thousands of bags containing heroin during a drug bust. Authorities say that they are still searching for another person accused of being involved.
Police say that they executed search warrants at locations on Barker Street and Park Street at around 3 p.m. on Jan. 16. The search warrants were obtained when undercover detectives reportedly received reliable details that a person who participated in violent gun incidents was associated with these locations.
During the Barker Street search, police reportedly seized one loaded gun, more than $10,000 and 200 bags of heroin. Detectives also reportedly found two more loaded guns, 4,511 bags of heroin and an additional 28.4 grams of heroin from the Park Street location. This house also allegedly contained evidence that it was being used as a drug factory.
A 26-year-old man was taken into custody and charged with several offenses, including possession of narcotics with the intention of selling them less than 1,500 feet from an educational establishment. Hartford police say that more charges are pending, and the man has been detained on 34 previous occasions and has a felony conviction.
People charged with possession of narcotics or intent to sell face tough penalties if they are convicted. These penalties could be more severe if they are convicted of possession with intent to sell near a school. The defendants may hire attorneys to help them challenge the validity or merit of the charges.
The attorneys could argue that the defendants did not know about the drugs or did not intend to sell to get the charges reduced or dropped. The charges might also be dismissed if the attorneys present evidence that police violated the defendants' rights.
Sources: NBC Connecticut, "One Arrested, One At Large in Hartford Heroin Bust", Jan. 17, 2015
Eyewitness News 3, 'Hartford police collect 4,500 bags of heroin, guns", Kaitlyn Naples and Olivia Lank, Jan. 17, 2015