State police arrested two suspected members of the Latin Kings gang following a Wednesday drug raid in Waterbury.
Brenda Santiago, 40, and Ruben “Flaco” Roman, 42, of 239 River Street in Waterbury, were arrested for operating a drug factory and were charged with multiple counts of selling narcotics, according to police.
Their home was raided on Wednesday, three months into an ongoing investigation. Authorities said they received a report in June that Santiago and Roman were gang members and were dealing crack cocaine and PCP from their River Street home.
Police said the home is located within 1,500 feet of two schools, and that Santiago’s 8-year-old grandson was there at the time of the raid.
Investigators seized crack cocaine, packaging materials and a digital scale. Police said surveillance footage from August and September shows Santiago selling crack cocaine and Roman handing drugs to buyers through a window on the side of the home.
They believe security cameras were installed outside the home and that the suspects’ associates kept watch in the area, according to police.
Police said Santiago has also been arrested on drug charges in Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico, and that Roman is a convicted felon with pending cases for auto stripping.
Both are being held on six-figure bonds, according to police.