Police: Murder suspect found with 98 lbs of pot

Deranna Fletcher

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) –  Police say they arrested a man in connection with a Hartford murder after finding him in a Manchester apartment with 98 pounds of marijuana.

Hartford police say they obtained a search warrant for the apartment while investigating the killing of 33-year-old Mark McNickle, who was shot to death on Jan. 15 in Hartford’s first homicide of the year.

Hartford and Manchester police executed the search warrant just after 5 a.m. Thursday and say they found 28-year-old Deranna Fletcher in his apartment, as well as the marijuana, $39,000 in cash, two firearms and ammunition.

Fletcher was charged with murder in McNickle’s death and several drug and gun crimes. He’s detained on $2 million bail.

It’s not clear if Fletcher has a lawyer.

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