Police make several drug arrests

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Jan. 17, 2013
Deputy Police Chief Gary Collins is pleased with the officers' work. Photo by Colin Rajala.
Deputy Police Chief Gary Collins is pleased with the officers' work. Photo by Colin Rajala.

Three Enfield residents were arrested for drug-related offenses on Jan. 10, after federal agents and local police executed a court-ordered search and seizure warrant at a home in the Thompsonville section of town.

Nathan Snape, 36, and Kaley Brucker, 23, both of 14-B Windsor St., and Miguel Carrucini, 30, of 134-A Pearl St., were all charged with possession of narcotics (felony), possession of a hallucinogen (felony), possession of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school/daycare (felony) and non-student in possession of drugs near a school/daycare (felony). Snape and Brucker were also charged with possession/use of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor). Snape was also charged with sale of certain illegal drugs (felony), illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle (felony), and criminal possession of a firearm (felony).

Snape was held on $377,500 bond. Carrucini was held on $30,000 bond and Brucker was held on $25,000 bond.

The arrests were a culmination of several months of investigative work by the detective division of the Enfield Police Department and outside departments, according to Police Chief Carl Sferrazza.

At 2:41 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, Enfield police officers, Hartford police officers, and agents from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration converged on the Windsor Street address to raid the duplex. Deputy Police Chief Gary Collins said when officers entered the duplex, they identified one suspect who was exiting the home and detained him before he left the residence. In close proximity inside the duplex were the other two suspects, as well as a fourth individual; all were detained while a police narcotics detection canine searched the home, Collins said.

Upon the search, police found bags of rock cocaine, synthetic marijuana, smoking devices, razor blades, scales, sandwich bags and packaging equipment. The canine also located a “false book,” in which a large hole was cut into the book pages for hidden storage, which contained $1,200 in cash. Police also seized $1,306 in cash from the three suspects. The police seized 10.7 grams of the synthetic marijuana and .3 grams of the crack cocaine.

“Whenever we get the chance to close a drug house, it’s a wonderful thing,” Sferrazza said. “When you can do it in a residential neighborhood, it’s a great thing. It was a very successful operation for us.”

Later that evening, three Massachusetts residents were arrested for drug-related offenses during a traffic stop on Elm Street.

Joshua Malave, 22, and Edvardo Orta, 23, of Springfield, were charged with possession of narcotics (felony), sale of certain illegal drugs (felony), possession of a hallucinogen (felony),and possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana (violation). Both men have been released with a promise to appear in court on Feb. 8. Felicita Diaz, 35, of Chicopee, was ticketed for running a red light and issued a summons for possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana.

At 7:31 p.m. on Jan. 10, a vehicle was observed by an officer as it ran a red light on the southbound off ramp of Interstate 91 at exit 48, according to Collins. Upon walking up to the vehicle, the officer noted the vehicle contained two females in the front seat and two males in the back seat and the odor of marijuana was detected coming from inside the car. The driver, Diaz, was asked to step out of the vehicle, and upon further questioning, she told the officer that the four had been smoking marijuana earlier, but there was no marijuana currently in the vehicle.

Shortly after, Falco, a narcotics detection canine, arrived at the scene and checked the exterior of the vehicle, and at that time Malave and Orta turned in a marijuana cigarette to police, Collins said. At that time, the officers had all passengers exit the vehicle and they were searched. During the pat down, an officer felt a large bulge in the right front pocket of Malave and found an envelope containing $1,900 in $100 denominations which he claimed he received from some other means, according to Collins.

Falco alerted police that narcotics were still inside the vehicle and he guided them to the rear passenger seat and floor board. Underneath the front passenger side seat, a plastic bag was found. The bag contained a white plastic vitamin bottle containing five bags of cocaine, ecstasy as well as a small amount of marijuana. A purple purse containing a small bag of marijuana was also discovered in the vehicle and Diaz claimed ownership of it, Collins said. Malave’s black iPhone was found in the back seat and it contained a text message which made reference to a "dust" (PCP) sale, Collins said.

During the search, police seized 3 grams of marijuana, 7 aggregate grams of cocaine, and less than 1 gram of ecstasy.

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