Police Radio, Imitation Handguns Found in Massive New Haven Drug Bust

By Ari Mason
|  Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014  |  Updated 2:45 PM EDT
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Police Radio, Imitation Handguns Found in Massive Drug Bust

Thirteen people have been arrested in connection with a gang-related drug bust that turned up heroin, crack cocaine, two facsimile handguns and a West Haven police radio.

Twelve men and one woman are facing charges following a New Haven drug bust that turned up crack cocaine, heroin, a West Haven police radio set to the New Haven Police Department channel and two facsimile handguns.

The suspects were arrested following a string of gang-related drug crimes, according to police.

Police believe they’re connected to drug gangs known as the “Playboys” and “88 Boys,” which operate in the Foxon Hill area of New Haven.

The arrests come in the wake of three police searches executed at 12 Bouchet Lane, 297 Foxon Road and 437 Eastern Street.

Investigators found drug paraphernalia at the home at Bouchet Lane and in the second-floor apartment on Foxon Road. The two handguns were also discovered at the Foxon Road apartment, according to police.

The police radio, along with 8 grams of crack cocaine, 60 bags of heroin, drug packaging materials and $1,400 cash were found at 437 Eastern Street, police said.

The following New Haven residents were arrested:

  • Vincent Clark, known as “Pudge,” 18, and Edwin Rodriguez, known as “Shorty,” 25, who were reportedly in possession of 6.8 grams of heroin, 5 grams of cocaine and about $900 cash
  • Shan Thompson, 25
  • Justin Q. Wright, known as “Pooka,” 23, who was charged with the sale of narcotics and has a prior robbery conviction
  • Vincent Ayala, 25, who was charged with the sale of narcotics
  • Jose Nieves, known as “Dave,” 26, who was charged with two counts of the sale of narcotics
  • Calvin Brunson, known as “Cool,” 50
  • Kari Massey, 18
  • Melvin Suggs, 25
  • Mark Harvin, 20
  • Timothy Ingram, 23, who was charged with two counts of conspiracy to sell narcotics
  • Carmela Stankiewicz, 39, who was charged with two counts of selling narcotics and conspiracy to sell narcotics
  • Marquis Moore, 28

Police said Massey, Suggs and Harvin are behind bars. Authorities expect to make additional arrests.

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