Hartford police make drug bust in apartment complex; 1 man in custody

Credit: Hartford Police Dept.

HARTFORD — One man is facing several charges after police made a drug bust in a Hartford apartment complex Friday evening.

On Friday, January 20, police were conducting an ongoing drug investigation in the West End of Hartford when they noticed a car parked outside an apartment complex on 221 Sisson Avenue around 9:47 p.m. The location had been recently known for drug and gun activity, police say.

Officers approached the car and when the front passenger ran out, he pushed the officers and ran away, police say. Police caught up with him less than a block over on Fales street. The man was found to have two outstanding arrest warrants for the state, for violation of probation. He was also found to be in the possession of crack cocaine and heroin.

The investigation led officers to apartment 205. During the search, officers located a Smith and Wesson .22 caliber pistol with 11 live rounds and numerous items to manufacture and package heroin. The recovered gun turned out to be stolen from Weybridge, Vermont from a home invasion in 2013, police said.

Howard King, a convicted felon with numerous prior firearm related arrests within the city of Hartford, was arrested.

King is being charged with criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, violation of a protective order, interfering with police, possession and intent to sell narcotics, drug factory, and possession of paraphernalia.