Police: ‘Heroin Mill’ Busted In Manchester

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Clockwise from top left, Jose Marquez, Lisandra Delgado, Feliz Cotto and Kevin Smiley were charged with operating a drug factory after a raid on a Manchester apartment Friday.

MANCHESTER — Four people were charged Friday with running a heroin mill in an apartment building at 63 Elm St., police said.

Police had been tipped off to the heroin operation, searched the building and seized 1.5 ounces of raw heroin, packaged heroin and paraphernalia, including sifting equipment, according to a release from Manchester police.

Three suspects escaped through a bottom-floor window but were caught after officers and a police dog chased them; the fourth suspect was arrested when she returned home, the release states.

Jose Marquez, 29, of 63 Elm St. in Manchester; Lisandra Delgado, 27, of 63 Elm St. in Manchester; Kevin Smiley, 28, of 123 Zion St. in Hartford; and Felix Cotto, 18, of 10 Mountfort St. in Hartford were charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell, operating a drug factory and possession of narcotics near a school, according to the release.

Police said all the suspects had criminal records, and Marquez had violated his parole. Bail for each suspect was set at $260,000.

The Eastern Central Narcotics Task Force worked with police in the investigation.

Story by Nicole Perez, Hartford Courant

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