Police seize heroin in Middlebury

Middlebury Police Chief James Viadero reports an ongoing investigation into heroin trafficking in the town of Middlebury culminated in the arrest of two people in the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot on Route 64 Wednesday. The Connecticut State Police, Naugatuck Police Department and the Department of Probation assisted the police in the arrests there and also at a Tyler Crossing residence where a third person was arrested.

Arrested in the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot were Dorlen Banks, 23, of 52 Tyler Crossing in Middlebury and Louis Barjon, 25, 0f 41 Pilgrim Ave. in Waterbury. Naomi Crutchfield, 56, also of 52 Tyler Crossing in Middlebury, was arrested at the Tyler Crossing residence.

Narcotics were located on the first two suspects and in a vehicle in which they arrived. As a result, a search warrant was executed at 52 Tyler Crossing. An additional arrest was made, and a large quantity of heroin and cash was seized.

The investigation was commenced by Officer Cronin in response to numerous overdoses in Middlebury during the past month and in response to information that narcotics were being sold at various locations in town. Cronin was assisted in this investigation by Sgt. John Desmarais. The investigation is ongoing and these officers will be working in conjunction with the Waterbury police department as the investigation goes forward. Additional arrests are anticipated.

Banks was charged with possession of narcotics and possession with intent to sell. Banks’ bond was set at $250,00. Barjon was charged with possession of narcotics and possession with intent to sell, and his bond was set at $100,000.  He also was being detained for an outstanding warrant for domestic violence out of Waterbury. Crutchfield was charged with violation of probation and remanded to custody.

Chief Viadero said he would like to commend the Middlebury police officers and the members of surrounding agencies who assisted them. “It is a serous concern when multiple overdoses are experienced in such a short period of time, and the investigating officers responded to the incidents in an exemplary manner,” Viadero said.

ADDED 09-11-14 at 1:34 PM:  Police also arrested a person they say was attempting to purchase drugs from the suspects in the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot. That person is a juvenile, so police could not release that person’s name.



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