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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.

Firearm Arrest on Beacon Street

On September 4, 2015, at 6:50 p.m., Hartford Police Department Officers of the Central Conditions Unit and Central Community Service Officers observed a 2002 Infinity I35 traveling northbound on Beacon Street from Capital Avenue. During the investigation, HPD Officers observed several motor vehicle violations with the vehicle and conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of 156 Beacon Street.

While approaching the vehicle, HPD Officers observed the operator reach into the backseat with his right hand. When officers requested the operator's credentials, they observed a black handgun holster tucked into the front waistband of the operator. Officers also observed at that time, in plain view, the handle of a firearm protruding from beneath the front passenger seat. The firearm, a Dan Wesson .357 caliber revolver (with an obliterated serial number) and six live rounds were recovered. The HPD Shooting Task Force was notified. Additionally, the operator had two outstanding warrants and was arrested and transported to the Hartford Police Booking Facility for processing.
Recovered: One Dan Wesson .357 Caliber Revolver (obliterated serial number) and six live rounds

Arrested: Brandan Alston, 27, of Hartford, CT
Charges:
1. No front plate
2. Operating with a suspended license
3. Misuse of plates
4. Unregistered motor vehicle
5. Insufficient insurance
6. Possession of a firearm without a permit
7. Weapons in motor vehicle
8. Possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number

dan wesson revolver

Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Arrest

On September 3, 2015, at 6:21pm members of the Hartford Police Department Special Operations Group (SOG), Homeland Security Investigations Unit (HSI), Homeland Security Air Wing, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), HPD Shooting Task Force (STF), HPD Community Service Officers (CSO), HPD K-9 Unit, HPD Emergency Response Team, and North Central Emergency Response Team simultaneously executed a search warrant, and arrest warrants, at 2495 and 2505 Main Street. The warrants were the result of a long-term investigation by HPD-SOG, HSI, and DEA, into a large scale heroin trafficking operation. This operation involved several controlled purchases, surveillance, on site arrests, and electronic monitoring.

The following parties were arrested and taken to HPD during the warrant execution:

1) John Colon, DOB 9/13/90, 1630 Main Street Hartford, CT.
Charges: Narcotics, PWITS, PWITS 1500 Feet of a School, Drug Factory, and Interfering with Police. *Three arrest warrants for Sale of Narcotics.

2) Joshua Stracham, DOB 10/16/91, 19 Benton Street Hartford, CT.
Charges: Narcotics, PWITS, PWITS 1500 Feet of a School, Drug Factory, and Interfering with Police. *Three arrest warrants for Sale of Narcotics.

3) Matthew Rodriguez, DOB 8/10/88, 147 Flatbush Avenue Hartford, CT.
Charges: Narcotics, PWITS, PWITS 1500 Feet of a School, Drug Factory, and Interfering with Police. *One arrest warrant for Sale of Narcotics.

4) Hector Navedo, DOB 9/18/91, 515 Franklin Avenue Hartford, CT.
Charges: Narcotics, PWITS, PWITS 1500 Feet of a School, Drug Factory, and Interfering with Police.

5) Rafael Martinez, DOB 11/15/91, 34 Otis Street Hartford, CT.
Charges: Narcotics, PWITS, PWITS 1500 Feet of a School, Drug Factory, and Interfering with Police.

6) Brandon Broughton, DOB 5/16/92, 32 Sanford Street Hartford, CT.
Charges: Narcotics, PWITS, PWITS 1500 Feet of a School, Drug Factory, and Interfering with Police.

7) Jermaine Jenkins, DOB 6/6/91, 1588 Albany Avenue Hartford, CT.
Charges: Narcotics, PWITS, PWITS 1500 Feet of a School, Drug Factory, and Interfering with Police.

8) Argenis Deleon, DOB 11/9/90, 2505 Main Street #1 Hartford, CT.
Charges: Narcotics, PWITS, PWITS 1500 Feet of a School, Drug Factory, and Interfering with Police.

9) Naomi Alicea, DOB 2/10/83, 2505 Main Street #1 Hartford, CT.
Charges: Interfering with a Search Warrant and Criminal Attempt to Commit Assault on Police.

10) David Stark, DOB 12/20/76, 27 Chestnut Street Hartford, CT.
Charges: Criminal Trespass Third Degree and Possession of Narcotics.

11) Kevin Holmgren, DOB 1/26/69, 89 West Side Boulevard Burlington, CT.
Charges: Criminal Trespass Third Degree and Possession of Narcotics.

Also arrested:

Darrien Collier, DOB 9/21/85 126, Main Street Hartford, CT. Outstanding Arrest Warrant for Sale of Narcotics

Evidence:
1) 2,964 Bags of Heroin
2) 92 Bags of Cocaine
3) 1.72 Ounces of Marijuna
4) $14,059 in Suspected Drug Proceeds

September 4 2015

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