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2 men arrested after asking police officer for drugs

HARTFORD — In what may be described as head-scratcher to say the least, an off-duty police officer arrested two men Saturday for trying to buy drugs from him.

Early Saturday morning, a Hartford police officer had just finished working his shift and was walking to his car outside of the police station. On his way, he was approached by two men that wanted to “buy coke”  asking if he could sell them some.

They then said that they would need to go to the ATM to get money. The off-duty officer then pointed out there was an ATM inside the front lobby of the police station. Police said the two men went inside to get $60 to pay the officer for the cocaine.

Once inside, the off-duty officer told another officer inside of the situation. Both suspects were arrested and the $60 they got from the ATM was taken as evidence.

Noah Yankowski, 25 of Cromwell, and Zachary Pillarella, also 25 of Cromwell, were charged with criminal attempt to possess narcotics, as well as conspiracy to possess narcotics.

Noah Yankowski

Zachary Pillarella