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Narcotics Arrest/ Large Money Seizure

On August 12, 2015, Detectives from STF were conducting surveillance at 1164 Broad Street to corroborate information received from a confidential source. The detectives observed activity consistent with street level drug dealing and stopped a vehicle that had left the house. The occupant of the vehicle, identified as Rafael Soto (DOB 3/5/72) was in possession of over $15,000 (Suspected Drug Proceeds) and was unable to account for the origin of the monies. Surveillance continued and a party later identified as Elias Guzman (DOB 5/23/91) was observed going in and out of the residence. Guzman is known to the detectives and has an active protective order prohibiting him from being at the residence. Assisting Task Force Officers, and Agents from the Department of Homeland Security (HSI) approached the residence and a male party, identified as Freddy Ocasio, fled into the house and began to flush suspected Narcotics down the toilet.

Ocasio was detained inside the bathroom and Guzman, who also attempted to flee, was detained in the kitchen. Guzman was found in possession of approximately one ounce of crack cocaine and $760.00 (Suspected Drug Proceeds) in US Currency. A search of Ocasio's property yielded 50 bags of Heroin. A search of the first floor apartment yielded an additional $7168.00 (Suspected Drug Proceeds). Another party detained in the driveway, identified as Ronald Johnson (DOB 8/22/76), was found to have two active arrest warrants for Failure to Appear.
The following parties were arrested for the listed charges:

1) Elias Guzman, DOB 5/23/91, 18 Melrose Street, East Hartford CT.
Charges: Violation of Protective Order, Interfering with Police, Possession Narcotics, PWITS Narcotics.

2) Rafael Soto aka "Fleet", DOB 3/5/72, 123 Wooster Street Apt#3, Hartford CT.
Charges: Failure to Utilize Turn Signal, Conspiracy Possession Narcotics, Conspiracy PWITS Narcotics.

3) Freddy Ocasio, DOB 8/16/93, 39 Crown Street, Hartford CT
Charges: Interfering with Police, Possession Narcotics.

4) Ronald Johnson, DOB 8/22/76, 29 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT.
Charges: Failure to Appear (2 Counts)

1) Approximately One Ounce of Crack Cocaine
2) 50 Bags of Packaged Heroin
3) $23,758 Dollars (Suspected Drug Proceeds)



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