Stamford police seize $1 million and 37 kilos of cocaine in city's biggest drug bust
STAMFORD -- Narcotics investigators seized nearly $1 million in cash and 37 kilos of cocaine, worth $2.6 million, in the Police Department's biggest cash seizure when it arrested two alleged drug dealers at a suspected stash house in Stamford on Thursday, police said.
Eduardo Tavarez-Dominiquez, 30, of 150 Southfield Ave., Stamford, and Victor Marte, 26, of 212 West Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, N.Y., were initially held on $5 million bond, but that amount was doubled in state Superior Court Friday by Judge Referee Martin Nigro. He said the high bond was justified because the men's arrest report showed they have cash available.
Marte's attorney, Mark Sherman, said the bond was the highest he had heard ordered in court.
"It's critical to appreciate that these men are innocent until proven guilty, and no matter how high the bonds, we will neither be swayed nor intimidated from taking these cases to trial," he said.
Sherman and Tavarez-Dominiquez's attorney, Stephan Seeger, postponed until Monday an argument to reduce the bonds because they told Nigro the case was complicated and they wanted the weekend to review the allegations.
Seeger said he would not be surprised if federal authorities picked up the case for prosecution. Sherman and Seeger said neither man had a criminal record.
The drugs and cash were seized Thursday afternoon when narcotics investigators tailed men driving a Porsche Cayenne and a 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-550 to an apartment
By Jeff Morganteen