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Arrest on 144 Babcock Street

On September 9, 2015, Detectives from the Hartford Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Unit assisted by Connecticut State Wide Narcotics Task Force, FBI Task Force and HPD South Conditions Unit executed three simultaneous search warrants at:
1. 144 Babcock Street 1st floor
2. 144 Babcock Street basement
3. 68 Pliny Street, apartment C
Information was received that the target was selling large amounts of narcotics from 144 Babcock Street and using the basement area along with apartment C at 68 Pliny Street to store additional narcotics and firearms. A search of 144 Babcock Street 1st floor and the basement area produced a large amount of narcotics, 2 firearms, which included an AK-47 assault rifle with numerous live ammunition, .45 caliber handgun with ammunition, .22 caliber ammunition and U.S currency. The search of 68 Pliny Street revealed narcotics packaging/distribution material.

Evidence: black CN Romarm SA/Cugir, model GPWASR 7.62x39mm AK-47 rifle
Evidence: black Springfield Armory XD-45 caliber handgun serial number
Evidence: (700) bags of heroin, 15 grams of crack cocaine, $2052.00 U.S. currency
Evidence: Two gun magazines containing (58) live 7.62x39mm live rounds for the AK-47 rifle, 38 live .22 caliber rounds.

142 Babcock

Arrested: Luis Cruz 37 of Hartford (Convicted felon with 16 previous Hartford arrests)
CHARGES:
1. Criminal Possession of a firearm (2counts)
2. Possession of high capacity magazine (2counts)
3. Illegal Possession of assault weapon
4. Possession of narcotics
5. PWITS narcotics
6. PWITS 1500 of school
7. Drug factory.

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