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Police: Two Arrested After Danbury Bust Turns Up Cocaine, Guns

Danbury police have charged two residents of the city with multiple counts of drug possession.
Danbury police have charged two residents of the city with multiple counts of drug possession. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

DANBURY, Conn. -- Police arrested two Danbury residents on multiple drug charges after a bust on Bergh Street on Friday in which officers seized cocaine, steroids, Viagra and oxycodone as well as an assault rifle and other guns, police said.

Members of the Danbury Police Department’s Special Investigations Division executed a court-authorized search-and-seizure warrant against Nicola Rotella, 41, as well as his residence at Bergh Street on Nov. 13, according to police.

The warrants were issued after a lengthy investigation that began months earlier in response to citizen complaints that Rotella was selling narcotics at his residence, as well as around the city, police report.

Based on a surveillance of the residence and Rotella, investigators detected activity consistent with drug trafficking, which led to the issuance of a search-and-seizure warrant by the Superior Court, according to police.

Members of the Special Investigation Division, General Investigations Division, Community Conditions Unit and Patrol Division saw Rotella and another man, Danbury resident Ricardo Rodrigues, 37, leave the residence and enter Rotella’s vehicle Friday, police said.

At that time, Rotella and Rodrigues were detained as officers entered the residence on Bergh Street, according to police.

Inside the residence, investigators located a large amount of cocaine, which was packaged for sale, along with steroids, Viagra and oxycodone, police report.

Investigators also recovered an SKS assault rifle, a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver, two shotguns and two .22 rifles, police said.

A large amount of money was also seized from the residence, according to police.

In addition, investigators found cocaine in Rotella’s possession and his vehicle, police said. Investigators also found cocaine in Rodrigues’s possession, police said.

Both Rodrigues and Rotella were placed under arrest.

Rotella was charged with two counts of possession of narcotics; two counts of possession of narcotics with intent to sell; two counts of illegal possession of a controlled substance; illegal possession of prescribed drugs; possession of an assault weapon; and criminal possession of a revolver, according to police.

Rodrigues was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia, police report.

Rotella was held on $100,000 bond; Rodrigues was released with a promise to appear in court, according to police.

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