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Connecticut police claim suspect is a major drug dealer

Police in Connecticut say that a 48-year-old man taken into custody recently was identified during an investigation lasting several months as a major drug dealer in the Darien area. Officers from the Darien Police Department apprehended the man while executing a search warrant at his Old Farm Road residence on Nov. 12. He faces a raft of narcotics charges including multiple counts of drug possession and sale. He remains in custody at a Fairfield County detention facility on a $200,000 bond according to media reports.

The case was investigated by the DPD's Selective Enforcement Unit and Detective Bureau. During the course of the investigation, detectives and officers became convinced that the man was selling cocaine out of a bar on Tokeneke Road. Based on information gathered during the operation, a warrant was obtained to search the man's residence.

The ensuing search allegedly led to the discovery of a small amount of cocaine and several items used to package and sell the drug such as plastic bags and scales. Police also claim to have found $16,000 in U.S. currency, two unloaded rifles, an unloaded shotgun and a large quantity of ammunition. One of the guns was determined to have been modified illegally. The money is believed to be the proceeds of illegal drug sales. The man has also been charged with child endangerment because two minor children live in the home.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys may study the search warrant application closely when presented with facts like these. If police officers lacked probable cause to obtain a warrant or went beyond the scope of the warrant, attorneys may seek to have the seized items ruled inadmissible and drug charges dismissed. If the warrant appears to be in order and police officers acted correctly, attorneys might advise the defendant to consider a negotiated plea agreement.

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