Police Make Drug Bust at Manchester Motel

Officers were investigating reports of drugs and prostitution at the motel.

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    Manchester Police Department
    Aubrey Johnson and Amanda Pelletier, both of Willimantic, are facing drug charges after police found cocaine, heroin and marijuana in their car outside a Manchester motel.

    Police headed to a Manchester motel Tuesday after receiving reports of drugs and prostitution there and left with a Willimantic man and woman in handcuffs.

    Officers were conducting surveillance at the Studio 6 Motel on Spencer Street when they learned that a man had planned to meet a prostitute in one of the rooms, police said.

    They watched as 44-year-old Aubrey Johnson knocked on the door and tossed objects into a garbage can on the front porch. Police said those objects turned out to be packets of heroin.

    Officers approached Johnson’s car and found 30-year-old Amanda Pelletier sitting in the driver’s seat, rolling marijuana into a blunt, according to police.

    A search of the car turned up more than 16 grams worth $600 of cocaine, 96 “Block Party” heroin packets worth $500, 9 grams of marijuana valued at $100, more than $1,000 cash and several cellphones, police said.

    Johnson and Pelletier were arrested and charged with a string of drug offenses, including possession of cocaine, heroin and marijuana, possession with intent to sell and possession of drugs in a school zone.

    Their bonds were set at $100,000 each.