NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk police, working with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, seized 4 kilos of cocaine and $250,000 in cash and arrested three suspects during a drug bust Thursday in Norwalk, police said.
A Norwalk police investigator conducted surveillance over a length of time into high-level drug activity in Norwalk involving the three suspects, police said.
On Thursday, after an afternoon of surveillance of the suspects and counter-surveillance by the suspects, Norwalk police officers stopped a Chrysler 300 sedan driven by Roberto Alfaro, 32, on East Avenue near Eversley Avenue, police said.
Alfaro, of 175 Hope St., Stamford, gave officers permission to search the vehicle with a police canine, police said. The police service dog indicated the front passenger seat, where officers found a 1 kilogram brick of suspected cocaine wrapped in brown tape, sealed in plastic and bearing the trade name “Princessa,” police said.
Two additional suspects, Salvador Cardenas, 44, driving a Ford Explorer and Salvador Chavez, 44 , of Bridgeport, driving a Ford F-150, were arrested during two additional police stops at two separate locations, a police report said.
Investigators applied for a search and seizure warrant for Cardenas's home, a small cottage to the rear of 24 Walter Ave., police said. Officers began the search at 9:35 p.m., police said, and found an additional 3 kilos of cocaine concealed inside the bathroom wall and hidden by a mirror. These kilogram packages were also sealed in plastic and labeled “Princessa,” the police report said.
Officers found $250,000 in cash within plastic vacuum seal bags in a bedroom dresser drawer, police said. A food-saver vacuum seal unit along with spare bags was also recovered.
Each man faces the following charges: two counts of possession of narcotics; two counts of sale or possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school; two counts of illegal manufacture, distribution or sale of narcotics; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of a school and two counts of illegal possession of narcotics near a school.
Each was held on $500,000 bond. All three were transported to Norwalk Superior Court on Friday morning for arraignment.
The investigation combined the efforts of the Norwalk Police Department Special Services and Patrol Divisions with those of the Bridgeport and New Haven offices of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.