STAMFORD, Conn. -- The suspected seller in a late-night drug deal tried to sprint away after he was spotted by Stamford police, but he didn't get far as three officers cornered him in a nearby bodega, police said.
Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin said the officers were on routine patrol at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday in the area of Pacific and Ludlow streets when they noticed what they believed was a drug deal. It was in the same area where a man was shot and killed last month in what police believe is a drug-related shooting.
“When he sees the officers, he hustles, in to a nearby bodega,” Conklin said. Officers discovered 121 bags of crack cocaine each worth $10 in the man's possession, he said.
Horton, who police have arrested previously, Conklin said, didn’t resist when officers eventually grabbed him.
“He is not a physically large guy, so the three narcotics officers were hot on his tail. He probably made the right decision in not struggling,” Conklin said.
Christopher Michael Horton, 34, of 24 Webb St., Waterbury, was charged with one count each of possession of narcotics and sale of drugs.
Officers also discovered $592 in cash in Horton's possession, police said.
He was held on $25,000 bond and a court date was set for July 31.
Horton is also on federal probation for a prior case, and federal authorities were notified, Conklin said.
Earlier Thursday, Derek C. Mock, 35, of 19 Court St., Stamford, was also charged in connection with selling crack cocaine, police said.
Conklin said the narcotics and organized crime squad received a tip that the suspect was selling drugs and went in search of him. The found him at 123 Morgan St., at about midnight.
“They jumped out and he tried to struggle with officers …and he was taken to the ground by two narcotics officers and they found 11 clear bags of crack cocaine,” Conklin said.
He posted $1,000 bond and was given a court date of July 31.