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Drug bust in Hartford park nets 16

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HARTFORD – On Tuesday at 10 a.m. police conducted an undercover narcotics operation in the area of South Green Park and 33 Park Street.

The operation was conducted in response to people complaining about drug dealers dealing in the park.

Undercover cops conducted surveillance in the area and were able to identify prospective drug dealers and their customers. A total of 16 people were arrested and charged with various narcotics charges.

On Wednesday, a second raid was conducted at two City Gas stations, located at 1510 Albany Ave. and 10 White St. That raid was connected to reports of intellectual property violations, and officers found counterfeit clothing during the search of the businesses.

During those raids police also seized a large amount of synthetic marijuana and bath salts from above the ceiling tiles in the businesses, as well as untaxed cigarettes.

Three were arrested.

Those arrested in the Tuesday park raid include:

Ismael Ramos, 48, of Hartford
Charges:
1. Possession of a Controlled Substance
2. Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Sell
3. Sale of a Controlled Substance

William West, 54, of Meriden
Charges:
1. Criminal Trespass 1st
2. Disorderly Conduct

Nathaniel Jefferson, 23, of Hartford
Charges:
1. Criminal Trespass 3rd
2. Possession of Narcotics
3. Sale of Narcotics
4. Possession of Narcotics With Intent to Sell within 1500 School

Walter Nosek, 45, of East Hartford
Charges:
1. Possession of Narcotics
2. Operation under Suspension
3. Failure to use turning signal

Eric Ortiz, 35, of Hartford
Charges:
1. Criminal Trespass 3rd
2. Possession of Narcotics
3. Sale of Narcotics

Marisol Rivera, 51, of Hartford
Charges:
1. Possession of Narcotics

Maria Karabetsos, 48, of Newington
Charges:
1. Possession of Narcotics

Juan Velez, 34, of Winsted
Charges:
1. Possession of Narcotics
2. Possession of Narcotics Within 1500 Ft of a School
3. Possession of Narcotics With Intent to Sell

Andrew Knapik, 24, of New Britain
Charges:
1. Possession of Narcotics
2. Possession of Narcotics Within 1500 Ft of a School
3. Failure to obey a Traffic Control Signal

Amor Ahmetbasic, 25, of New Britain
Charges:
1. Possession of Narcotics
2. Possession of Narcotics Within 1500 Ft of a School

Emilio Montalvo, 54, of Hartford
Charges:
1. Loitering
2. Possession of Narcotics
3. Possession of Narcotics Within 1500 Ft of a School

Jon Carlos Gonzalez, 40, of Hartford
Charges:
1. Possession of Narcotics

Victor Torres, 40, of Hartford
Charges:
1. Possession of Narcotics
2. Failure to keep narcotics in container

Idalina Morale, 53, of Hartford, CT
Charges: Outstanding Prawn Warrant FTA 2nd

Ticketed were Jadaiah Sneed, 36, of Westfield, MA, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance and Raymond Guzman, 28, of Hartford, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Evidence seized as part of the operation were two ounces of marijuana, 60 bags of heroin, 15 grams of crack cocaine and 9 suboxone tablets, all valued at $441.

Those arrested in the Wednesday gas station raids include:

Shiraj Mohammad, 50, of Newington
Charges:
1. Counterfeit stamps/labels
2. Possession of hallucinogenic drugs with intent to sell
3. Possession of hallucinogenic drugs

Ahmed Mustak, 32, of Hartford
Charges:
1. Counterfeit stamps/labels
2. Possession of hallucinogenic drugs with intent to sell
3. Possession of hallucinogenic drugs

Mohammed Shaheen, 49, of New Britain
1. Counterfeit stamps/labels
2. Possession of hallucinogenic drugs with intent to sell
3. Possession of hallucinogenic drugs

Evidence seized as part of the operations included 663 counterfeit hats knit winter hats; 1022 grams of bath salts; 37 synthetic marijuana packs; $28,187 in cash; and a large amount of untaxed tobacco products.

After the operation, the gas stations were was closed down and the doors were locked, but after police left one of the buildings was burglarized. Police are now investigating the burglary.

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