Police Discover Manchester Heroin Factory

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    Four people were arrested after police discovered a heroin factory in Manchester. The suspects, clockwise, are Lisandra Delgado, Felix Cotto, Kevin Smiley and Jose Marquez.

    Police arrested four people after discovering a heroin factory at a Manchester apartment on Friday.

    Officers arrested four suspects and contacted the Department of Children and Family Services after finding out that young children also lived in the apartment.

    Authorities responded to Clock Tower Apartment 317 on 63 Elm Street in Manchester to carry out a search warrant. There investigators discovered a large-scale heroin mill operation.

    Police confiscated bundles of heroin packaged to sell, 1.5 ounces of raw heroin, sifting equipment, packaging materials, scales, $401 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

    Three suspects were in the apartment at the time and escaped through a first-floor window.Jose Marquez, Kevin Smiley and Felix Cotto led police on a foot chase before being caught and arrested.

    A fourth suspect, Lisandra Delgado, arrived at the home later in the day and was arrested then.

    Police also found several small children living in the apartment and contacted DCF.

    All four suspects had been previously arrested. Marquez had an outstanding warrant for violation of parole, authorities said.

    Marquez, 29, of Apt. 317, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of more than an ounce of heroin with intent to sell, possession of drugs within 1500 feet of a school, possession of drugs with intent to sell within 1500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory, risk of injury and interfering with police.

    Delgado, 27, of Apt. 317, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of more than an ounce of heroin with intent to sell, possession of drugs with 1500 feet of a school, possession of drugs with intent to sell within 1500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory and risk of injury.

    Smiley, 28, of 123 Zion Street, Apartment 2B in Hartford, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of more than an ounce of heroin with intent to sell, possession of drugs within 1500 feet of a school, possession of drugs with intent to sell within 1500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory, interfering with police.

    Cotto, 18, of 10 Mountfort Street in Hartford, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of more than an ounce of heroin with intent to sell, possession of drugs within 1500 feet of a school, possession of drugs with intent to sell within 1500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory and interfering with police.

    All four suspects were held on $260,000 bonds.