Police Seize 16 Lbs. of Cocaine in Bridgeport

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013  |  Updated 11:22 PM EDT
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Police Seize 16 Lbs. of Cocaine in Bridgeport

Police seized 16 pounds of cocaine that was shipped to a Bridgeport home from Puerto Rico earlier this week.

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State police and narcotic officers from the Bridgeport Police Department seized 7.5 kilograms, or 16 pounds, of cocaine at a home in Bridgeport on Tuesday, authorities said.

Police said law enforcement officials from Puerto Rico informed them on Tuesday of a package being delivered to a Rose Street home. The package reportedly contained a large amount of cocaine.

Police set up surveillance outside the home on Wednesday morning. Surveillance video showed a delivery vehicle pull up in front of the home. Two men came out from inside the residence to accept the package, police said.

Hector Mantilla, 42, and Rafael Casasnovas Jr., 24, both of 56 Rose Street, were subsequently arrested.

The men were charged with possession of over one kilogram of cocaine, conspiracy to commit possession of over one kilogram of cocaine, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, state police said.

The Statewide Narcotics Task Force Southwest Office and Bridgeport's Tactical Narcotics Team confiscated the drugs.

Mantilla and Casasnovas are each held on a $200,000 bond and were due in court July 11.

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