Thea Digiammerino

Dozens Arrested in Drug Raids in Waterbury

“Operation: Raw Deal” targeted mid-level narcotics dealers in the city, specifically those that sell heroin, and arose in response to an increase in heroin overdoses.

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Waterbury Police Department

Waterbury police have arrested 41 suspected drug dealers and hold arrest warrants for 11 others as part of a large-scale operation to crack down on the sale of heroin in the city.

“Operation: Raw Deal” targeted mid-level narcotics dealers in the city, specifically those that sell heroin, and arose in response to an increase in heroin overdoses. The suspects face charges ranging from sale of narcotics to possession in a school zone, conspiracy at sale of narcotics, and firearms violations.

Police said on Wednesday morning multiple teams executed eight search warrants across the city, arresting 41 of the suspects. Investigators seized eight ounces of raw heroin, several thousand bags of heroin packaged for sale, over $15,000 in cash, two cars, two handguns, and a rifle during the raids.

The investigation is ongoing and Waterbury police are still searching for 11 suspects. They are identified as:

  • Craig Troxler, 36, facing charges of sale of narcotics
  • Daquan Dangerfield, 24, facing charges of sale of narcotics, conspiracy at sale of narcotics
  • Luis Santiago, 33, facing charges of sale of narcotics
  • Gilbert Gray, 29, facing charges of sale of narcotics
  • Tyreek Anthony Middleton, 23, facing charges of sale of narcotics
  • Jaden Schaefer, 23, facing charges of sale of narcotics
  • Yusef Rawls, 25, facing charges of sale of narcotics
  • Jaiquan McKnight, 23 facing charges of sale of narcotics
  • Javier Mercado, 30, facing charges of sale of narcotics

Daevoungh Aaron Ross, 19, facing charges of sale of narcotics, conspiracy at sale of narcotics, operating a drug factory, tampering with evidence and illegal possession of high capacity magazine

Alan Richard Newell, 33, facing charges of sale of narcotics

Anyone with information on any of these suspects is asked to contact Waterbury police at 203-574-6941.

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