NORWALK, Conn. A vehicles parked next to each other behind a closed Connecticut Avenue restaurant drew the attention of Norwalk Police Sunday night, who watched while a man got out and talked to the driver of the other car. When police approached, the man ran, throwing a plastic bottle over a fence. Police say there were three bundles of heroin and several pills in the bottle.
Five people were arrested.
James Lombardo, 28, of 59 Cedar Street was charged with failure to keep drugs in their original container, illegal manufacture/sale/distribution of prescription drugs, sale/possession within distance of a school and possession of narcotics. Bond was $100,000.
Casey Matula, 24, of 21 Prospect Street was charged with possession of narcotics, two counts of illegal manufacture/sale/distribution of prescription drugs, conspiracy, and sale/possession within distance of a school. Bond was $20,000.
Catherine Throwbridge, 26, of 35 Summit Avenue was charged with possession of narcotics, conspiracy and sale/possession within distance of a school. Bond was $10,000.
Robert Lenkowski, 24, of 42 Devils Garden Road was charged with conspiracy, possession of narcotics, use and possession of drug paraphernalia and sale/possession within distance of a school. Bond was $2,000.
Jeffrey Diforio, 28, of 42 Rampart Road was charged with possession on narcotics and conspiracy. Bond was $2,000.
Police spotted one car backing into the parking lot behind Cosmo's Pizza, located at 147 Connecticut Avenue, at 11 p.m. Officer Steven Luciano and Jared Zwickler watched as another car pulled up alongside, with three people inside. Lombardo got out of the passenger side of the first car and went to talk to Throwbridge, who was driving the second car, police say.
Police pulled into the parking lot and Lombardo ran, throwing the bottle over the fence as he did. When he was caught he was asked what was in the bottle and said it was heroin. He was handcuffed and put in the back of the patrol car without incident.
As officers walked to the Throwbridge's car, they saw her hide something in her crotch, they say. She handed over cellophane folds containing a cream colored substance, which police say was heroin. Dirorio was in the passenger seat and Lenkowski was in the back seat. There were no other drugs in the car, or in the car Matula was driving.
Police think the pills were oxycodone. Lombardo and Matula are on probation.
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