STAMFORD, Conn. — Two off-duty Stamford police officers caught a Port Chester man with $3,000 worth of heroin Monday afternoon on the city’s West Side, Lt. Tim Shaw said.
Sgt. Kevin Keenan, who was working an extra duty assignment, became aware of the suspect after he received a call from another officer who described a man selling heroin and the suspect’s vehicle, Shaw said. Keenan and another officer working extra duty stopped Kenneth Romanello, 28, on Harvard Avenue, Shaw said.
A patrol unit and K-9 unit, Sgt. Richard Phelan and Cronin, showed up a short time after the vehicle was stopped, the lieutenant said.
Cronin alerted officers to the trunk of Romanello’s Lexus, which had a shoebox containing a scale, glassine envelopes and a bag of rice containing glassine envelopes with heroin, Shaw said. Officers found 15 bundles, each containing 10 folds of heroin, in the vehicle, he said.
Street value for a fold of heroin is about $20, the head of the Narcotics and Organized Crime unit said. He added that the rice is used as an attempt to throw off dogs.
Romanello was charged with illegal possession of narcotics, sale of illegal drugs, operation of a drug factory and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. He appeared in court on Tuesday, unable to post his $100,000 bond.