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Almost $50,000 worth of heroin seized by Bridgeport police

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© The following photo of all the heroin seized was provided by the Bridgeport Police Department. © The following photo of all the heroin seized was provided by the Bridgeport Police Department.
© The following photo of all the cash seized was provided by the Bridgeport Police Department. © The following photo of all the cash seized was provided by the Bridgeport Police Department.
BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

The Bridgeport Police Department arrested a barbershop owner who is accused of being in possession of almost $48,000 worth of heroin.

Irvin Villegas, 35, was driving his 2005 Infiniti SUV around 4 p.m. Wednesday when officers pulled him over. When officers approached the SUV, Villegas slammed close his center console.

Officers said they were worried that Villegas had a weapon. When they searched the vehicle, investigators found 150 glassine folds of heroin. Each glassine fold of heroin, which is a paper that is resistant to air and water, has a street value of $20.

Investigators went to Villegas's home on Linen Street where they seized 226 bundles of heroin, each containing 10 glassine folds. Cocaine, $25,000, drug paraphernalia and bank records were also seized, police said.

"He was a big time dealer in the area," said Bridgeport Police Capt. AJ Perez, who is the head of the narcotics and vice unit.

The Bridgeport Police Department Tactical Narcotics team conducted a investigation several months long into Villegas, where they determined he was "selling large quantities of narcotics from his barber shop on East Main Street" and out of his Linen Street home.

Villegas, as well as his passengers Bengy Pagan, 32, and Karisma Dejesus, 35, were charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school.

Anyone with information should call the Bridgeport Police Department at 203-581-5240.

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