DANBURY, Conn. -- Danbury police arrested three men in connection with a drug-selling operation run out of a Danbury condominium unit, police said.
Officers uncovered the drug conspiracy at the Linron Condominium Complex on Park Avenue, which that led to the March 16 arrests of Luis Cepeda Jr., 27, of Bridgeport; Luis Carlos Cepeda, 28, of Danbury; and Miguel Blanchette, 28, of Danbury; said police.
Based on surveillance and investigation, officers linked the three to the unit, which is believed to be the hub of illegal drug sales, police said.
Officers of the Special Investigations Division and Community Conditions Unit arrested Luis Cepeda Jr. on March 16 after the car he was driving was stopped near Backus Avenue, said police.
During the stop, officers said they detected a strong odor of marijuana, leading to the alleged seizure of several pounds of marijuana and his arrest, police said.
Minutes later, Luis Carlos Cepeda and Blanchette were arrested after the car they were in was stopped on Tamarack Avenue, said police.
Luis Carlos Cepeda was arrested on an outstanding burglary warrant filed by Milford police, according to police.
Blanchette was arrested on charges of possession of a narcotic substance and drug paraphernalia, police said.
Based on the nature of this investigation, the car was seized, police said.
A search-and-seizure warrant issued by the Superior Court led to the discovery of an additional half-pound of marijuana, several grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia from within the car Luis Carlos Cepeda and Blanchette were in when stopped, said police.
While they were not arrested for the findings of the search warrant, charges are pending, police said.
Police executed a warrant March 16 for the unit at Linron, said police.
Items seized during the search allegedly included several hundred dollars, marijuana and drug paraphernalia consistent with illegal drug sales, police said.
Luis Cepeda was subsequently released to Milford police, while Blanchette was released on a written promise to appear in court. Luis Cepeda Jr. was later released after posting a $100,000 bond, said police.
The investigation is continuing, police said.
Police charged Luis Cepeda Jr. with possession of a controlled substance with intention to sell, possession of marijuana, more than 4 ounces, and possession of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school. Blanchette was charged with possession of a narcotic substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Milford police charged Luis Carlos Cepeda with third-degree burglary, said Danbury police.
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