Burglary Investigation Leads to Drug Bust in Torrington

What started as a burglary investigation ended with two arrests and the discovery of $4,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine in Torrington.

Police said the responding officer had arrived at the scene to check out the report of a burglary when a local resident tipped him off about an apparent drug deal. According to police, Leslie A. Walker, 46, of Torrington, and Keith I. Smith, 36, of Waterbury, were discovered sitting in a car parked at 49 Brookside Avenue.

When the officer approached the car to investigate, Walker got out the passenger’s side and tried to leave. The officer detained her and Smith fled the scene. He was found in the area of East Pearl Street shortly thereafter, according to police.

Police said Smith tried to run a second time, then struggled with police. He was shot with a Taser and taken into custody.

Officers searched Smith and discovered 28 grams of crack cocaine, 100 bags of heroin and more than $1,000 cash. The drugs are valued at about $4,000, according to police.

Smith and Walker were arrested and their car was impounded.

Smith was charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell, possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell, possession of narcotics within 1500-feet of a school, interfering with an officer and breach of peace. He was released on a $50,000 surety bond and is due in court Dec. 9.

Walker was charged with criminal attempt and possession of a narcotic substance. She was released on a $3,000 surety bond and is also due in court Dec. 9.

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