STAMFORD, Conn. — A suspected drug dealer was arrested and nearly a half-pound of cocaine was seized during a raid Wednesday night in Stamford’s Cove area, police said.
Members of the Special Response Team and Narcotics & Organized Crime Unit surrounded a Warren Street residence and apprehended Camilo Puerta, 20, outside of the building at about 6:30 p.m., Sgt. Richard Gasparino said. Police found drugs, a gun and drug paraphernalia in his room, the sergeant said.
“He wasn’t hiding anything,” Gasparino said.
During the raid, officers seized about 205 grams of cocaine in various forms with an estimated street value of $20,000, about $700 worth of marijuana, an unloaded .22-caliber revolver with the serial number altered, 13 rounds for the gun, a compressor and a digital scale, Capt. Richard Conklin said.
“Even though he is a young man, he is a significant dealer,” Conklin said. The captain also praised Gasparino and his crew for the good job in making the bust.
The Narcotics & Organized Crime Unit has been investigating the area for about two months, and investigators have noticed many people coming and going from the residence, Gasparino said. “We have been getting a lot of complaints in the Cove and Frederick area,” he said.
While officers were setting up the raid, they arrested a 16-year-old Stamford male who had just bought $50 worth of compressed cocaine and $50 worth of marijuana from Puerta, Conklin said.
Puerta was charged with possession of narcotics, sale of certain illegal drugs, possession of a controlled substance less than 4 ounces of marijuana, sale of a controlled substance, operation of a drug factory and illegal alteration of a pistol’s identity, police said. He was held on $100,000 bond and was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, Conklin said.