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Man Charged With Shooting Up Near Norwalk School

NORWALK, Conn. -- A Norwalk man was shooting up Wednesday afternoon at Columbus Magnet School as children played nearby, Norwalk Police say. Dominic Sciarretta, 24, of 20 Juhasz Road, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of a school, loitering in/about school grounds, possession of narcotics, illegal possession near a school and drug paraphernalia. Bond was $7,500.

Two Special Services officers spotted Sciarretta as they were checking the area at 2:17 p.m., according to Sgt. Sal Calise. He was sitting on the ground by the school's basketball court, his legs crossed "Indian style," and looking down at his right forearm, police say, so he did not notice when they walked up. When they got close, they saw a needle and a bag of heroin marked 914.

There were 25-30 young children playing in the nearby playground, Calise said. They are enrolled in a summer program.

Sciarretta tried to hide his things from the officers, but they recovered two hypodermic needles and a water bottle cap with liquid in it. Calise said it looked like he was in the process of cooking heroin. They also recovered two glassine envelopes, one of which was empty and one of which was full.

Calise said Sciarretta begged the officers not to arrest him because he had a history of doing drugs next to the school and would be in "big trouble."

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