Hartford police arrested a suspected heroin dealer and said the investigation led to a hotel in East Hartford where they found hundreds of bags of heroin.
Detectives from the vice and narcotics unit were investigating a suspected heroin dealer last month who lives on Barker Street.
On Wednesday, investigators determined that the suspect, Juan Rivera, 27, was at a hotel in East Hartford, where he was packaging large amounts of heroin, police said.
Authorities set up surveillance. As Rivera was getting into his car, police stopped him and found 470 bags of heroin on him, police said.
In Rivera’s East Hartford hotel room, police found 52 grams of raw heroin and packaging material.
During the search on Barker Street, police said they found 81 bags of heroin and packaging material.
Rivera was arrested on an outstanding warrant and various narcotic related charges and Hartford police said East Hartford detectives will be applying for a warrant.
Rivera was charged possession of narcotics, improper use of registration, possession with intent to sell narcotics and a warrant was served for possession of narcotics and sale of narcotics.