Man Charged in Tainted Heroin Case

Hartford police have arrested a man suspected of supplying dangerous tainted heroin connected to at least one death.

Southington police reached out to Hartford police after a fatal heroin overdose in the suburban community and said someone in Hartford, known as “X,” was selling "tainted" heroin.

Hartford police identified Xavier Quiles, 26, of East Hartford, as the suspect and set up several undercover drug purchases, police said.

Police searched his car and determined that Quiles was stashing the heroin at his East Hartford home, so they reached out to East Hartford Police.

When police apprehended Quiles while he was leaving his home, police said they found 50 bags of heroin. Inside the house, they found an additional 453 bags of packaged heroin, 28.9 grams of heroin/fentanyl, 50 grams of cocaine, several empty wax paper sleeves, cutting agents, other items used to package heroin and $11,727 in cash, police said.

East Hartford police arrested Quiles and turned him over to Hartford police.

Tests on the heroin revealed fentanyl, a drug added to heroin that police said makes it highly potent and frequently deadly to people who overdose.

The heroin bags investigators seized were identical to the bags located near the victim of the fatal heroin overdose, police said.

Quiles was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school and operating a drug factory.

Police said they also seized the Nissan Altima Quiles was believed to have used during several of the drug sales.

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