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Stratford man charged with selling drugs while driving school bus

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STRATFORD —  Police said a school bus driver was arrested for allegedly buying and selling heroin while using the school bus.

Stratford Police Department said they arrested Garfield Howell, 29, and charged him with sale of narcotics, conspiracy to sell narcotic and risk of injury to a minor.

Stratford police said when they arrested Howell, they seized around 195 grams of heroin.

Stratford police said for the past several months, the Stratford Police Narcotics Vice and Intelligence Unit have been conducting a heroin investigation within the Town Of Stratford.

“During the investigation, detectives developed a suspect, Garfield Howell, as a heroin dealer,” Stratford police said. “Detectives also discovered that Howell is a school bus driver for WE Transport.”

Stratford police said surveillance video showed Howell on several occasions using the school bus to purchase and deliver heroin.

Howell wasn’t able to post his $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, April 18.

Police said Howell lives in Stratford but drives a school bus in Bridgeport. Stratford police say no children were on the bus when he was dropping off or picking up drugs.A manager from the bus company says they are investigating the allegations.

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