Police find heroin in suspected dealer’s home
NEW BRITAIN — A Black Rock Avenue man accused of picking up $500,000 in heroin from New York City was arrested by warrant Thursday in connection with drugs and items found in his home.
Michael Lopez, 31, of 452 Black Rock Ave. was initially arrested on drug charges in early July after he was stopped on Interstate 91 with $500,000 of heroin in his vehicle, police said.
Lopez had been under surveillance by police, who suspected he was using his home as an assembly line to cut and package large amounts of heroin for street sales.
Members of the New Britain Special Services Unit followed Lopez from Black Rock Avenue to New York City and then back again July 2. Lopez was stopped on I-91 in Wethersfield by the Mid-State Narcotics Task Force, which was alerted by New Britain police that he was headed in their direction.
Mid-State officers found the drugs and two guns in the vehicle, police said.
New Britain officers executed a search warrant at his home later that day and found all the trappings of a drug factory, including thousands of small plastic baggies and 20 grams of heroin, police said.
Lopez was charged Thursday with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school and operating a drug factory in connection with the items found in his home.
Lopez was out on $750,000 bond after the July 2 arrest. He was released after posting $500,000 bond Thursday and scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court Sept. 24.
Friday, September 11, 2009 10:11 PM EDT
By LISA BACKUS
Personally think its irresponsible of the news (and police) to report dollar figures rather then weights. All too often the numbers just don't match reality.