Hartford police sezied 6,000 bags of heroin and more than $7,000 in cash during a drug raid Thursday.
Hartford Police seized 6,000 bags of heroin in a drug raid Thursday.
Authorities began an investigation several months ago after numerous complaints of drug dealing and other criminal activity in the area of 2495 and 2505 Main Street, according to a spokesperson for Hartford Police. Officers from the Hartford Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Division were assisted by the FBI, Department of Correction, Statewide Narcotics Task Force and the Hartford Patrol Division and Emergency Response Team during the investigation.
Officers raided the two locations Thursday and found 6,000 bags of heroin and $7,272 in cash, police said.
In all, 15 people were arrested.
"The success of this investigation stands as a prime example of the benefits of community policing," Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said. "Citizens reported illegal activity to police and law enforcement responded. As a result of their actions, combined with the collaborative response by investigative agencies, their neighborhood is safer today and those responsible for criminal activity will face prosecution and be held accountable for their actions."
Rafael Martinez and Victor Guadalupe, both of Hartford, face the most serious charges. The two men were charged with possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell narcotics, sale of narcotics, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school and first-degree criminal trespass. Martinez was also charged with sale of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school.