State police seize cocaine valued at $6 million

By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., May. 26, 2011
A crate containing 102 packages of cocaine was recovered by State Police May 16. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

The Connecticut State Police’s Statewide Narcotics Task Force seized a near-record amount of cocaine in a drug bust that spokesperson Lt. J. Paul Vance described as one of the largest in state history.

The bust occurred on May 16, after leads developed by the task force resulted in a quick investigation and turnaround into a drug bust.

Around noon that day, Edwin Olivo, 37, of Bronx, N.Y., arrived at the United Parcel Service-Supply Chain Solutions delivery service on Choice Road. There, he attempted to obtain a package found to contain 102 kilograms of pure, uncut cocaine.
The value of the cocaine is estimated at a street value of $6 million.

He was arrested after loading the package into a U-Haul rental truck, and charged with numerous narcotics and narcotics-related offenses. The cocaine was seized by the Task Force detectives, and Olivo was arraigned the following day, with bail set at $2 million. He awaits a June 7 trial.
Vance credited the SNTF team with doing great work in the field to put together a case quickly.

“They gathered some information and used it to put together this arrest over a course of 24 to 36 hours,” said Vance. “This came together very quickly, and it was very good police work.”

Vance said he believes the big arrest shows that narcotics detectives are continuing to work hard to keep drugs out of the state.

“Our task force is always working, and this bust really helps interrupt the movement of drugs in this state,” said Vance. “They worked through the night to get these cases done.”

The contents of the box Olivo came to pick up was identified by the sender as “elevator parts” and came from Puerto Rico. They were addressed to a machine shop in Plainville, police said. The owner of the shop told police he had not purchased any parts. Police searched the crate to find 102 plastic packages of cocaine.

Olivo's trial has been moved to Hartford. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 7. Olivo required a translator to get through the arraignment.

The case was executed by the state police, Vance said. Local police were not involved in the case.

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