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Tip leads police to alleged drug deal

A tip about a possible drug transaction led to three individuals being taken into custody in Connecticut on the evening of Jan. 23. Officers from the Stamford Police Department's Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit went into action after learning that a black sedan would be arriving at a parking lot on Perry Street to sell illegal drugs. Initial reports do not reveal if the information was provided anonymously or received from an informant.

Officers were waiting when the car appeared at about 7:30 p.m. They approached the black car after blocking it in with their police vehicle according to media reports. When they began to ask questions, officers say that a 26-year-old man sitting in the back of the car pulled 10 bundles out of waistband and placed them by his feet. Each of the bundles allegedly contained 10 folds of heroin. Police say that each of the folds would have been sold for $20 on the street. Marijuana worth approximately $100 in addition to $231 in U.S. currency were also allegedly discovered in the car.

The man was taken into custody at the scene and charged with drug possession and selling illegal drugs. A 24-year-old man in the car was also taken into custody after police learned that he was being sought in Clinton for larceny in the fifth degree. He was transported to the Clinton Police Department for processing. The third occupant of the car has been charged with violating the terms of a protective order.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise their clients to refuse police requests to conduct warrantless searches and remain silent and ask for a lawyer when questioned. Spontaneous confessions are unlikely to improve a suspect's situation and could deprive their defense attorneys of a valuable advantage during plea negotiations. This is because prosecutors have no reason to offer sentencing concessions in return for information that they already have.

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