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Convicted felon found with stolen gun and drugs

A Connecticut man was charged for drug possession after police pulled him over in Newington on July 15. The 38-year-old man was reportedly stopped because of an equipment violation while driving his BMW on the Berlin Turnpike at about 10:30 p.m. The news source did not report the officers' reasons for executing the search of the man's vehicle.

Police reportedly found drug paraphernalia, about two pounds of marijuana, 168 bags of heroin and a .45 caliber handgun that was loaded and stolen. Responding officers also discovered a 124-pill assortment of Adderall, Ritalin and morphine in the vehicle. In addition to multiple motor vehicle and drug offenses, including possession of narcotics, the man faces a count of criminal possession of a firearm by a felon and other gun charges. He was reportedly released on a $150,000 bond.

Couple accused of selling heroin through Craigslist

A couple in Connecticut was accused of attempting to sell heroin to police officers in the Norwichtown area. The 18-year-old woman and the 28-year-old man were detained after police arranged a meeting with them through the Internet. Both of the accused people are reportedly residents of Uncasville.

According to a statement from the Norwich Police Department Community Police Unit, an anonymous tip came in about a person who was allegedly using Craigslist for drug trafficking purposes. After police arranged to meet the alleged drug dealer, they found the accused couple waiting for them at the previously specified time and location. Officers then allegedly found the two people to be in possession of heroin.

Connecticut firefighter, husband charged with domestic assault

Both a firefighter and her husband have been charged in relation to a domestic violence incident that took place in the early hours of July 2, according to police. Police say that they responded a report of domestic violence at the West Hartford couple's apartment in the 100 block of Kane Street at approximately 1:09 a.m. but were at first unable to gain access to the apartment.

Shortly after the police arrived, the firefighter's husband exited the apartment. Police say the man was bleeding from his lip, eye and hand and that the right side of his face was badly swollen. The firefighter also exited the apartment, also reportedly bleeding from the mouth and with a partially swollen face. The firefighter was taken to the West Hartford Hospital for treatment while her husband was transported to the University of Connecticut Health Center where he received stitches in his lip.

Drug task force nabs 3 Connecticut men

On July 1, police took a 48-year-old man into custody on drug charges after he allegedly sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer. According to the East Central Narcotics Taskforce, police detained the man near Bissell and Main streets in downtown Manchester. Reportedly, the task force had been investigating drug activity in the area for several months and had detained two other suspected drug dealers four days earlier.

Police charged the 48-year-old man with sale and possession of cocaine and sale and possession of cocaine within 1,500 feet of a school. Allegedly, the man had 1.19 grams of crack cocaine in his possession.

Connecticut shoplifting leads to drug charges

Two people have been detained on drug charges after they were stopped in relation to two shoplifting incidents, according to New Hartford police. On June 14, police responded to a retail superstore on reports of a suspected larceny after a man allegedly fled the store but were unable to make contact with the man after a search of the area. Later the same day, police were again summoned to the superstore where security officers told the police that a woman had just fled the store and gotten into a red SUV.

Police say that they quickly spotted the red SUV outside of another store nearby; when they stopped the vehicle, police say that they realized that the driver matched the description of the male suspect from the initial shoplifting call. They allegedly discovered items used to manufacture methamphetamine in the SUV and had the vehicle towed after obtaining a search warrant.

Prosecution drops drug charges after wrong man indicted

Federal prosecutors dropped drug charges against a man on June 18 in a Connecticut court after it was determined that that the charges had been filed against the wrong man. According to the report, the man was taken into police custody in the Dominican Republic and was transported to the U.S. after it was believed that he was involved in a drug-trafficking ring.

This incident appeared to be a case of mistaken identity. The report stated that the man who was accused has the same name as the man who was actually believed to have been involved in the ring. The accused man had insisted that all along that he was not the man who prosecutors were looking for. Eight months after he was taken into custody, the motion was filed to drop the charges.

Domestic violence charges dismissed for famous couple

According to a Connecticut court official, a prosecutor has decided to drop domestic violence charges against musician Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell. The couple was taken into custody in April on charges of disorderly conduct after an altercation in their home, according to police. Brickell took the blame for the alleged domestic violence incident in a statement forwarded to a national news outlet by her lawyer.

In the statement, Brickell said that she had initiated a fight with her husband. During a court hearing, the pair held hands and told the judge that they were getting along fine and had plans to see their son's baseball game later the same afternoon. The court official announced that the prosecutor was dropping the charges on June 17.

Drunk driver located after parking on lawn of Hartford home

A motorist, who was taken into police custody in Hartford after parking her car on the front lawn of a home, is facing a DWI charge, according to media sources. Police say that the 38-year-old woman's blood alcohol content was almost twice the legal limit when the incident occurred. At the time of this report, the woman was being held on a $10,000 bond.

No one was reported to be injured in the incident, which happened shortly before 10 p.m. on June 21. News sources say that the woman was behind the wheel of a Nissan XTerra when it crashed into three utility poles near the intersection of Albany Avenue and Steele Street in West Hartford.

Connecticut officials seize 4,800 bags of heroin

Four men have been detained in connection with drug distribution to Western Massachusetts. A 43-year-old man was taken into custody as officers allegedly observed him making a drug delivery in Springfield on June 12.

Authorities reportedly discovered and confiscated the 1,400 bags of heroin in his possession at the time. They obtained a search warrant for a Springfield address and seized an additional 3,400 bags of heroin and approximately 233 grams of pure, unpackaged heroin. Officers also found more than $3,800 in cash along with drug paraphernalia. The house had been investigated and observed for several weeks prior to the search based on suspicions of heroin distribution.

Connecticut man charged with DUI in fatal crash

South Windsor police charged a man on June 9 for drunk driving and speeding in a February accident that killed one of his passengers. The man is also charged with failure to maintain a proper lane, second-degree assault with a motor vehicle and second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle.

Police say that the 24-year-old man struck a tree at a Hillside Drive home, and he and two passengers were taken to Manchester Memorial Hospital with injuries. The driver and a 26-year-old male passenger survived, but the other passenger, a 25-year-old male Marine sergeant, died at the hospital.