Several residents of Manchester and East Hartford were arrested following a large-scale investigation into potential fentanyl trafficking. While the individuals arrested are not believed to be leaders in the alleged ring, they are being accused of buying, packaging and reselling the drugs from the ring. All five men are facing drug crime charges and are in Connecticut police custody without bond in advance of a trial.
A Connecticut pilot was sentenced to 30 months in prison for taking part in a marijuana-trafficking conspiracy. After he has served his time in prison, he will be released with two years of supervision. The 62-year-old man is believed to have transported two tons of marijuana during a several-year period.
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.
A man in Connecticut was charged for drug crimes after a short police chase at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 26. The 27-year-old man was allegedly found to be in possession of several illegal substances as well as an illegal loaded firearm. He was handed several charges including illegal possession of narcotics and sale of illegal drugs.
Police departments in Connecticut and around the country are facing a new challenge in their fight against illegal drugs. Vaporizer cartridges containing liquid infused with THC are becoming extremely popular among marijuana users because they are convenient and do not produce the odor associated with smoking the drug, but they have been linked to serious health problems and dozens of deaths. According to an investigation conducted by the Associated Press, law enforcement agencies in the United States have seized more than 510,000 THC vaporizer cartridges in just the last two years.
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 U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut has announced that a major drug trafficking network in the state has been shut down. In an Oct. 26 press release, federal prosecutors said that 15 people were taken into custody during an investigation conducted by the Waterbury Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. They have been charged with possession of fentanyl and heroin with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and heroin.
With some states still penalizing the use of recreational marijuana, cannabis proponents in Connecticut and elsewhere are interested in the future of marijuana use as it pertains to the entire country. The laws surrounding cannabis use can be confusing, especially when it pertains to medicinal use or driving with tetrahydrocannabinol in one’s system.
You may have heard news reports of people in Connecticut facing charges for maintaining premises and felt confused trying to figure out what that means because it does not sound like an illegal action. Indeed, people lawfully maintain different types of premises for all sorts of legitimate reasons. However, maintaining premises becomes a crime if you do so for illegal purposes. This often involves the manufacture, sale or distribution of controlled substances.
In an effort to crack down on the growing number of opioid deaths in Connecticut, the members of the Connecticut House of Representatives have unanimously passed House Bill 5524, which stiffens the criminal penalties associated with fentanyl sales. Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, recognizes that, while increasing criminal penalties for fentanyl sales may sound promising on the surface, doing so typically does little to save lives or help addicts get better.