NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk man has been accused of selling crack cocaine to undercover officers while awaiting trial on previous drug charges, Norwalk police said Friday.
Antoine Banks, 31, of South Main Street was arrested in February on suspicion of selling narcotics, police said. He pleaded not guilty to those charges and is currently awaiting trial, according to state judicial records.
The Norwalk Police Special Services Division received information that Banks was again selling crack-cocaine in Norwalk after being released on bail, Lt. Jim Walsh said Friday. On four occasions over the past few months, Banks made arrangements to sell crack cocaine to undercover police officers, according to police reports.
Officers filed for an arrest warrant, and went to take Banks into custody Thursday evening in an East Avenue parking lot, police said. Banks struggled with officers during the arrest, and he was hit by a Taser, Walsh said. After suffering an injured finger in the altercation, he was treated and released by Norwalk Hospital, according to police reports.
Police found 40 grams of crack cocaine in Banks’ pants during the arrest, police said. The drugs were distributed and packaged for sale, according to police report.
“He was obviously ready for distribution on the streets,” Walsh said.
Banks was charged with multiple counts of the sale of narcotics, possession of narcotics, and added charges of possession within 1,500 feet of a school. He was also charged with interfering with an officer and narcotic possession in the incidents surrounding his arrest Thursday. He was held on a combined $500,000 bond, and is due in court for the new charges on Jan. 9.