NORWALK, Conn. — A 21-year-old woman was arrested as part of a bust of a drug factory in a Rowayton condo, where officers seized 671 bags of heroin and enough powdered heroin to fill another 3,000 bags, Norwalk police said.
When officers arrested Hilary Guillen, 21, of 6 Leuvine St., Norwalk, on Friday, police said she was continuing to run the heroin distribution ring of her boyfriend, Sylvester Edwards.
Edwards and Michael Ross were arrested April 6 when police executed a search warrant at 6 Leuvine St. and found 496 bags of heroin along with a large amount of the unpackaged drug.
Guillen was not home on Leuvine Street when the warrant was executed, police said.
Investigators determined through hours of surveillance on Guillen that the duo had a “Stash House” in the Rowayton area of town, where most of the narcotics were stored and packaged for sale, police said.
At 2:15 a.m. Friday, investigators followed Guillen to a location in the Rowayton Woods Condominium complex, police said.
Officers followed as she entered the location and left, stopping her on Flax Hill Road on numerous motor vehicle violations, police said.
A police service dog brought to the scene made a positive indication for narcotics inside the car, police said. A further search by the K9 indicated a strong positive for the driver seat, police said.
A female officer who conducted a search on Guillen found a plastic bag in her pants containing six bundles of heroin, or 60 bags, police said. A bundle is 10 bags of heroin banded together for easier sale, police said. All the bags were stamped “REVENGE,” police said.
Investigators interviewed the occupant-owner of the condo unit, who said she had rented a room to Guillen in December, police said. The owner also said Edwards was a frequent visitor to the rented area of her house, police said.
Investigators secured the residence and applied for a search and seizure warrant, police said.
Upon execution of the search warrant, officers discovered a full heroin drug factory in the rented room, which had been kept locked from the owner, police said.
Police seized the following items:
- 671 bags of packaged heroin stamped “Revenge “
- 49.1 grams of heroin
- Over 7,000 empty bags ready to be bagged
- Electronic scale
- Multiple ounces of cutting agent
- Electronic blender for processing heroin and cutting agents.
- Hundreds of rubber bands for bundling packaged heroin
- Hundreds of plastic bags for packaging
- Ink stamp for marking product.
"Evidence was also located inside the room that both Edwards and Guillen had dominion and control over the premises and were operating a drug factory to facilitate their heroin distribution in the city Of Norwalk," police said in a statement.
Police will pursue additional charges against Edwards as a result of the heroin found in the stash house, police said.
When processed with cutting agents, the 49.1 grams of heroin powder located in the condo could fill over 3,000 individual bags for street sale, police said.
Guillen was arrested and charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory, operation of a motor vehicle while using a hand-held telephone or mobile electronic device, operating a motor vehicle without a license, failure to wear seatbelt and failure to have a tint sticker.
Police believe the homeowner was not aware of Edwards and Guillen's activities.
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