Middletown Police Arrest 6 In Drug Raid
The officers found several small replica watches bags of suspected marijuana and crack cocaine, as well as drug paraphernalia inside the apartment, Violissi said.
Tora Bartell, 26, who lives in the apartment, resisted arrest and had to be subdued with pepper spray, Violissi said.
Bartell was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell, possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell in a housing project, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and interfering with a police officer.
Walter Bartell, 53, of 18 Wall St., was charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is believed to be a relative of Tora Bartell, but police did not know the exact relationship.
All of the other people in the apartment were charged with the same crimes: posse replica watches ssion of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The four others who were arrested were: Linda Brower, 29, of 38 Maplewood Terrace; Mayo Cunningham, 33, of 39 Maplewood Terrace; Regina Vereen, 34, of 308 S. Main St.; and Kimberly Hyman, 28, of 142 replica watches E. Main St.
All replica watches of the suspects were released on $5,000 nonsurety bonds, pending appearances in Middletown Superior Court next Friday. .
In other police department business, undercover officers made two arrests on Main Street Tuesday.
In both cases, the suspects were in possession of fake” bags of crack cocaine, known as burn bags” in street jargon, Violissi said. Such bags are often sold to unsuspecting victims for the same price as the real thing, Violissi said.
In the first case, Eugene M. Vereen, 59, of 287 West St., Rocky Hill, was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia and misrepresentation of a controlled substance.
Undercover officers said they saw Vereen acting suspiciously behind an apartment building at 594 Main St. They approached him and got consent to search him, Violissi said. The officers found several small rocks that tested positive as crack cocaine and several small rocks that tested negative for the drug, he said.
In the second case, Santos J. DeJesus, 24, of 41 Green St., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and misrepresentation of a controlled substance.
Violissi said undercover officers saw DeJesus stuff several small plastic bags into the coin return slot of a pay telephone by Pelton’s drug store. The bags contained small rock like items that tested negative for crack cocaine.