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Connecticut man charged with drug offenses

A 38-year-old man in Connecticut was arrested on Sept. 5 after he allegedly purchased drugs from a police informant. Police say the accused arranged a rendezvous to purchase drugs from a confidential informant at the corner of West Main Street and North First Street in Meriden. Officers say the man swallowed two cocaine bags and fled from the scene in an attempt to avoid apprehension.

Officers brought the man to the hospital for medical treatment before he was placed back into police custody. After the arrest, police allegedly recovered 6.8 grams of marijuana, 25 bags of rock cocaine, fraudulent identification and packaging materials. Local reports claim the FBI database indicates that the accused has used three Social Security numbers, 11 birthdates and 23 aliases in the past. The bail commissioner claims that the accused has a several previous drug-related convictions in New York as well.

2 charged with drug possession after alleged drug transaction

Police officers took two Connecticut men into custody after the men were allegedly found in possession of a large amount of heroin and crack cocaine on Aug. 28. According to the report, the two individuals, who were identified as a 27-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, were allegedly observed making a drug transaction outside of a home located on Franklin Avenue in Watertown.

Following the alleged transaction, the police approached the parked vehicle. They claimed that they spotted marijuana sitting inside the vehicle. After both individuals were taken into custody, the officers reportedly seized 465 bags of heroin and 3 grams of crack cocaine. In addition, they also reportedly seized more than $4,000 in cash.

Driver of school bus with 20 kids on board accused of DUI

A 44-year-old female driver of a Connecticut school bus with 20 middle school students on board was taken into custody Aug. 27 in Farmington on suspicion of drunk driving. The Bristol woman was previously charged with DUI in her hometown in 2004, but the charges were dropped upon her completion of an alcohol education program, according to a news media report. Additional charges related to the current incident include failure to drive right and multiple counts of risking injury to a minor.

According to reports, the woman failed field sobriety tests. Additionally, two blood alcohol tests were performed that showed her blood alcohol level to be .134 and .139 percent. The legal limit for operating a commercial vehicle in Connecticut is .04 percent. The woman was released on $25,000 bond. None of the children on the bus were injured as a result of the incident.

Man says he heard voices before alleged sexual assault

A 26-year-old man in Hartford was accused of sexually assaulting a state employee as she left her office on August 11. When the man was taken into custody after the alleged assault, he reportedly explained to detectives that voices in his head had instructed him to grab the woman. The man also reportedly admitted to smoking an illegal K2 synthetic marijuana cigarette before the incident.

The incident took place near Capitol Avenue and Elm Street after the accused man says he had decided to wander around near the state office buildings. When the man noticed the 24-year-old Department of Energy and Environmental Protection employee at around 3:30 p.m., he reportedly began to follow her and then grabbed her from behind. As a result of the incident, the man was held on $750,000 bail and charged with first-degree sexual assault and second-degree breach of peace.

Woman convicted of supplying meth imprisoned for 5 years

A Connecticut judge sentenced a California woman to five years in prison on Aug. 20 after she entered a guilty plea for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The woman was accused of supplying the alleged drug to a Roman Catholic monsignor who police say ran the largest crystal meth ring in the state.

Federal officials say that the 49-year-old woman conspired with her 44-year-old boyfriend to send meth to the monsignor at a Waterbury apartment. A task force operated under the Drug Enforcement Administration worked with state authorities to take the trio into custody in January 2013. The woman's lawyer said in a statement that she accepts full responsibility for her actions and looks forward to putting her life back together when she is released from prison.

Pair arrested on drug charges

Two people in Connecticut were arrested on drug charges after an officer allegedly witnessed them exchanging money and envelopes at a Super Motel 8 on Aug. 21. The male suspect was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug factory, operating a drug factory, possession of drug paraphernalia, sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance within 1500 feet of school and possession of a controlled substance.

The woman was charged with possession of a controlled substance within 1500 feet of a school and possession of a controlled substance. Cromwell police claim the officer saw the 23-year-old male and 48-year-old female passing the envelopes and cash between the two cars. Officers claim they recovered $10,000 in cash, a glass pipe for cooking, two more glass pipes, butane lighters, 115 containers for packing drugs, 10 marijuana 'cake pops," 70 packages of hash oil and 70.6 grams of marijuana packaged to sale within a duffle bag inside the male's vehicle.

Penalties for DUI and defense options

If you are facing a charge of DUI for the first time, a conviction could lead to a six-month jail sentence, a fine up to $1,000 and a one-year suspension of your driver's license. However, the state of Connecticut does allow alternatives to jail, such as the Alcohol Education Program. This may not be available to second- or third-time offenders, who could face significantly increased penalties.

Another penalty is the required installation of an ignition interlock device. Not long ago, the state legislature passed a bill and sent it to the governor to be signed into law. Rather than just second- and third-time DUI offenders being required to install such devices, the bill stated that someone convicted of a first-offense DUI would be required to install one and pay the required fees after 45 days of the driver's license suspension.

Couple receives sentence for Internet identity theft scam

A husband and wife in Hartford received their sentences after they each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The 23-year-old man and 34-year-old woman were detained in November 2013 and pleaded guilty to their charges in May. The accused man was sentenced to spend 46 months in prison while his wife received a 30-month prison sentence. Both of them will be under supervision for three years after their release.

According to information in court documents, the pair admitted to taking part in an identity theft swindle that began in 2010. The couple would use various means, including the Internet, to obtain personal identifying information for several individuals. The information would then be used to access credit card accounts belonging to those individuals.

Police raid leads to drug charges for steroids

On Aug. 6, police in Connecticut charged two men with various drug offenses after a search of their houses uncovered significant quantities of human growth hormone and anabolic steroids. Both men were arrested at their Fairfield homes and booked on charges of drug possession and operating a drug factory. They were both scheduled to appear back in court on Aug. 19.

The investigation that led to the raid was conducted by the Fairfield Police Department and began in April. Investigators allegedly determined that drugs were being distributed through a large network in Fairfield and Bridgeport. Police say the investigation began as a result of suspected distribution of narcotic pain medicine. Detectives then allegedly discovered that anabolic steroids and human growth hormones were also being distributed.

What is a family violence restraining order?

When someone in Connecticut is the victim of spousal abuse or domestic violence, they have the right to file a restraining order to seek relief from the court. The state defines domestic violence as a continued threat of physical danger by a family member or someone in a dating relationship. The application for the restraining order must include a statement with the reasons for why the order is needed. The court then has 14 days to hold a hearing.

At the hearing, the court can implement conditions such as visitation rights or temporary child custody in order to protect the person seeking the order from the threat of domestic violence. The defendant might be restricted from contact with the applicant, including living or visiting the family home.