State police make 2 separate drug busts on I-84, both stemming from traffic violations

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HARTFORD — Connecticut State Police said they seized 46 grams of heroin after a driver crashed in West Hartford Saturday night and four kilos of cocaine during a motor stop in Waterbury Monday night.

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Police said they tried to stop a 2000 Toyota Avalon XL heading east in I-84 just before midnight, after they saw improper registration plates on the car. State police said the car took off, then crashed on the exit 40 off-ramp.

State police said the driver, Edwin Antonio Chevere, 27, of Bristol, took off into the woods, but he was caught and arrested after a foot chase ended up back on the highway.

Police said a search of Chevere and his car turned up 46.5 grams of heroin, 18.2 grams of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana.

He was charged with two counts of possession of narcotics, interfering with an office, engaging police in a pursuit and reckless driving, state police said.

He was released after posting $75,000 bail, and is due in court next month.

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Police said they saw Luis Palacios, 44, of Waterbury, not wearing his seat belt in his 2002 blue Dodge Durango on Hamilton Avenue at around 6:45 p.m. Monday.

Police followed him east on I-84 and said he swerved into the right shoulder of the highway.

He was stopped on the exit 25A off-ramp and police said they found cocaine in a bag in the back seat.

Police arrested Palacios and charged him with possession of narcotics, illegal sale of a drug by a non-drug dependant person, failure to wear a seatbelt, failure to drive in a proper lane, and operating a motor vehicle without a valid license.

Palacios was being held on a $250,000 bail and was due in Waterbury Superior Court on Tuesday.