28 People Arrested in Connecticut on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

“NEW HAVEN — Twenty-eight people were arrested this week on federal drug trafficking charges stemming from two investigations into the sale of heroin, cocaine, crack and marijuana throughout the state, local, state and federal authorities said Wednesday.

Over the past 48 hours, the members of the New Haven and Hartford Drug Enforcement Administration task forces, state police, New Haven police, New Britain police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the United States Marshals Service made 20 arrests.”…

“…On Sept. 2, DEA personnel from both New Haven and Providence, R.I., as well as state police, tracked Pinzon-Gallardo’s Jeep as it traveled from Connecticut to Providence, where it was believed he intended to sell drugs. While in Providence, authorities saw Pinzon-Gallardo meet up with Arnoldo Avina-Rolon and go to a storage facility in Pawtucket, R.I.

At the facility, Pinzon-Gallardo and Avina-Rolon went into an open storage unit with several other people and closed the door, police said.

A short time later, Avina-Rolon returned to the Jeep, grabbed a black backpack and walked back to the storage unit, later leaving with Pinzon-Gallardo. Police said the vehicle was stopped by state police on I-84 after it crossed the Connecticut border. A search of the car revealed three bricks of heroin, weighing about 736 grams, and approximately $14,000 in cash.”

A search of the storage unit in Rhode Island revealed about 8 kilograms of heroin, including 3 kilograms that were contained within a black backpack similar to the one that Avina-Rolon had been seen carrying into the facility. Authorities also found about 2 kilograms of cocaine and about $35,000 in cash.”

Read the rest of the original article, by Hillary Federico, at the Hartford Courant Online.


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