Norwalk police were aided by a large snow bank Tuesday evening when they made a narcotics bust. According to the police report, Detective Garrett Kruger chased Darryl Lee Fuller, 20, of Bridgeport, until he slipped in the snow, allowing Fuller to tackle him. Then Fuller allegedly tried to hide crack cocaine in its 12-inch depth, but a police service dog, Czar, dug it out.
Kruger and Detective Terrence Blake were on patrol in an unmarked car at about 11 p.m. near Hemlock Street and Belle Avenue. They spotted Fuller make a hand-to-hand transaction with another man in the middle of the road. The plainclothes officers stopped their vehicle and ordered the two men to stop.
Fuller ran north on Belle Avenue. Kruger says he saw Fuller stuff his right hand into his jacket pocket as if to get something or to keep it from falling out. Kruger says Fuller then took something out of his pocket and clenched it as he was running. When Fuller left the road, he slipped and fell into a snow bank. After he was tackled, Fuller dug his right hand into the snow under his body.
After Fuller was handcuffed, officers brought in the dog, who indicated an area of the snow where Fuller had been lying. Kruger dug up a plastic bag containing six rolled-up dollar bills and 13.22 grams of suspected crack cocaine with packaging.
Fuller was charged with possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school and interfering with a police officer. Bond was set at $50,000.
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