NORWALK, CONN. -- A 20-year-old Norwalk man is facing several drug-related charges after he struggled with police trying to arrest him in connection with an apparent heroin sales operation in a Norwalk apartment, police said.
Jermel Bates, of Linden Woods Drive, was arrested after police got four warrants for sale of narcotics and possession of narcotics, police said. Bond was set at $25,000 for each warrant, Norwalk police said.
The warrants were a result of six months of investigation into an operation to distribute heroin in the Colonial Village area, police said. Bates, also known as "Kiddy," was under surveillance when police said they saw him engage in drug sales in the West Cedar Street area.
Police said officers also saw him enter and leave an apartment on Ferris Avenue. During the June 30 arrest, police said they found him with 100 bags of heroin packaged for sale and another 14 bags of heroin in his car. Police said officers took him into custody after a brief struggle.
Then, police got a warrant to search the Ferris Avenue apartment, where they found a "half brick" of heroin, which was about 500 bags in one package. Norwalk police said the bags matched what they found on him.
Officers also found a child and an adult in the apartment, and the drugs were found in the living room within reach of the child, police said.
In addition to the charges in the arrest warrant, he was also charged with possession of controlled substance, illegal distribution and sale, interfering with an officer and risk of injury to a minor, police said. Bond was set at $250,000 for these additional charges, police said.
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