12 Jul DEA bust uncovers large amounts of cash, fentanyl in East Hartford | Crime & Courts
EAST HARTFORD — A federal Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into narcotics trafficking uncovered nearly 2 kilograms of fentanyl and a half kilogram of heroin at a Glenn Road home Monday, resulting in charges against a man who police say is involved in trafficking wholesale quantities of the narcotics in the Hartford area.
The man, Hugo David Saragosa, was charged with possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.
According to the federal criminal complaint supporting his arrest, submitted Tuesday by DEA Task Force Officer Jeffrey Poulin, the DEA and local law enforcement agencies have been investigating the narcotics trafficking activities of a man, identified as Saragosa.
Investigators observed Saragosa leaving 77 Glenn Road Monday while carrying a brown bag. Shortly after Saragosa drove away, Poulin states, East Hartford police stopped his vehicle for a motor vehicle violation and he gave consent for police to search his car. Investigators found about $54,000 in cash in the brown bag.
Saragosa then told police he was staying at the Glenn Road residence, gave police consent to conduct a search, and later admitted to officers that he had narcotics stored in the basement, the complaint states.
Searching the basement, investigators found a backpack containing “what appeared to be a kilogram ‘brick’ of suspected fentanyl and a large quantity of suspected heroin,” Poulin states, and a suitcase containing 860 grams of fentanyl along with narcotics packaging materials and other evidence. Those substances field-tested positive, he added.
Saragosa was charged Tuesday and was later held for pretrial detention, according to federal court documents.
His detention hearing was scheduled for today at the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Courthouse in Hartford.