Daily Blotter — March 10

Pounds and Pounds of Pot 

If you order a package of pot the size of an average human, changes are pretty good that you’re going to get caught.

That’s what police said happened to Axie Farquharson, 36, of New Britain. Police intercepted a package at a shipping facility in Windsor Locks. Inside was 135 pounds of pot worth $675,000, police said. Then, they delivered the drugs to a building on Arch Street Monday, where Farquharson was waiting for it, police said. He is being held on $500,000 bond.

Police Investigate Suspicious Death in Bloomfield 

Bloomfield police are investigating a suspicious death in a town park located off Tunxis Avenue   next to a reservoir.

Police are saying little about the death Tuesday except it involves one or more firearms. There is no information available about whether the victim is a man or a woman. Police say that the investigation is in its early stages and no further information is being released.

Man, 77, Accused of Raping Girl, 9

A 77-year-old man has been arrested, accused of raping a 9-year-old in 2001, New Britain police said.

Nicholas Figueroa was charged with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. He is in custody, with bond set at $25,000. Police said the victim recalled the situation and went to police just recently. Court files are sealed so details of the case have not been made public. Figueroa is being held on $25,000 bond and due back at New Britain Superior Court on March 20.

DNA Nabs Suspects of Prison Guard Rape

DNA evidence has linked three men to the rape and murder of a 32-year-old female former prison guard nearly 10 years ago, Waterbury police say.

Police say Michelle McMasters was sexually assaulted and strangled by three men who wanted the crack cocaine she was holding. Police said they linked Orenthain Javar Daniel, a 31-year-old Georgia native, and two Waterbury men. All three knew McMasters because they lived in the same neighborhood in 1999, police said.

Daniel is in prison for a recent conviction of first-degree forgery in Atlanta. Barry Smith, 46, and Lawrence Andrews, 40, of Waterbury and Daniel are charged with felony murder. Andrews and Smith are being held on $1 million bonds.

Intruder Breaks into Monroe Home

A Monroe family got quite a scare Monday when someone broke into their house.  The intruder went in through a second story window of a home on Benedict Road, police said.

The person in the bedroom screamed, woke up the rest of the family and the intruder jumped back out the window and ran away. 


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