Joint Effort by Bridgeport, State Police Leads to Narcotics Arrest

Bridgeport police and state police have arrested a woman accused of participating in an illegal prescription drug ring.

Bridgeport police said Miriam Cotto Almourtada, 49, was arrested early Wednesday morning after police executed a warrant at her home on Bell Street. Authorities seized over 1,000 pills, five semi-automatic handguns, two revolvers, three long rifles, various ammunition and $523, according to Bridgeport police.

The arrest is the result of a joint operation between Bridgeport police and the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force.

“This joint action by the Connecticut State Police and our officers sends a strong message to anyone running illegal drug sales and trafficking guns in Bridgeport: we are coming for you,” said Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez in a press release.

Almourtada was charged with sale of a controlled substance, sale of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, and failure to keep prescriptions in proper containers. She was released on a $100,000 non-surety bond and expected in Bridgeport Superior Court on July 27.

Police said the Department of Children and Families was also contacted and a referral was made for a child in her custody under the Drug Endangered Children Act.

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