Nine arrested in Hartford drug bust

Nine arrested in Hartford drug bust
Hartford police seized hundreds of bags of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, cash, and an empty gun magazine in a massive drug bust Monday (Photo: Hartford police)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford police arrested nine people in a large drug bust on Garden Street Monday afternoon.

Police setup an undercover operation after receiving numerous complaints of drug dealing on the street along with two recent homicides on the same block. Undercover detectives conducted surveillance in the area and were able to identify people buying and selling narcotics in the neighborhood.

A total of nine people were arrested in the bust, along with narcotics and packing materials from an apartment at 399 Garden Street. Police identified the arrested people as:

  • Johnny Baker, 55, of Atwood Street in Hartford. He was charged with possession of narcotics.
  • Joseph Trapp, 61, of Niles Street in Hartford. He was charged with possession of narcotics.
  • Dwayne Eldridge, 46, of Garden Street in Hartford. He was charged with possession of narcotics.
  • Phillip Andrews, 65, of Huyshope Street in Hartford. He was charged with possession of narcotics.
  • Anthony Montanez, 37, of Garden Street in Hartford. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
  • Danny Goncalves, 22, of Eagle Drive in Newington. He was charged with possession of narcotics.
  • Anthony Peirano, 56, of Enfield Street in Hartford. He was charged with possession of narcotics.

Pedro Gil, 28, of Garden Street in Hartford. He was charged with possession with intent to sell narcotics, possession with intent to sell narcotics within 1500 feet of a school, and possession of narcotics.

Malcolm Harris, 22, of Garden Street in Hartford. He was charged with engaging police in pursuit, reckless driving, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, improper use of registration, possession of narcotics (2 counts), operating a drug factory, possession with intent to sell narcotics (2 counts), possession with intent to sell narcotics within 1500 feet of a school, operating a motor vehicle under suspension, and interfering with police.

In the raid, police were able to seize 288 bags of heroin, 45 grams of pure heroin, 2 grams of crack cocaine, cash, drug packing materials, and an empty gun magazine.

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