Three people were arrested in a Middletown apartment Thursday after police said a resident in the home was letting a Hartford drug dealer expand his business to Middlesex County.
Middletown police said information was learned about the resident of the Liberty Street apartment who was identified as Paula Wooten, 59, that she would allow drug traffickers from Hartford sell large quantities of crack-cocaine to area addicts at the beginning of every month.
Police said it was also learned that the process had been going on since January of last year. Police said area crack-cocaine users would buy their drugs in the home and smoke it with Wooten.
When Middletown police officers entered Wooten's apartment, Tykwell "Money" Walton, 20, of Hartford, ran through the apartment with crack in his hands towards a bathroom in order to destroy the evidence.
Police said Walton is currently on probation after he shot a man in East Hartford in 2010.
After a long struggle, police said Walton was brought into custody. Police said they found a large sum of money and a piece of crack weighing 3.3 grams. In addition, police said, another crack rock weighing 4.6 grams was found on the counter and floor and was prepackaged for sale.
There was a razor blade and numerous cellophane bags utilized for packaging narcotics on the counter top as well, Middletown police said.
There were numerous pieces of torn paper with Walton's nickname "Money" and his phone number inscribed on it that he would hand to area addicts for future sales. Police said Walton's phone continuously rang with would-be drug addicts looking to purchase crack-cocaine during the police investigation.
Middletown police said they located Reginald Gaunichaux, 49, of Middletown, in the living room of the apartment and said he, too, was combative and refused to open his mouth so detectives could be sure that he was not swallowing any of the crack.
Police said there was crack-cocaine smoking paraphernalia located in the living room with a piece of crack-cocaine in it.
Gaunichaux refused to identify himself, and Middletown police said when they searched him, he had a gold colored badge indicating he was a National Private Detective with an identification card indicating the same and had Gaunichaux's photograph taped to it.
Gaunichaux then began to tell police that he was a "common person" and didn't fall under the state's jurisdiction.
Gaunichaux's phone had Money's phone number in his "recent calls" list, which indicated to police he was there to purchase crack.
Gaunichaux also refused to be fingerprinted at Middletown Police Department Headquarters as he fought with officers in the booking area.
Wooten was located in the rear bedroom of the apartment, police said.
She was brought into custody after police needed to pry some crack-smoking pipes and filters from her hands.
Walton was charged with possession of crack-cocaine, possession with the intent to sell, possession with the intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia in a school zone, interfering with the execution of a search warrant and operating a drug factory.
Wooten was charged with conspiracy to sell crack-cocaine, interfering with the execution of a search warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia in a school zone.
Gaunichaux was charged with possession of crack-cocaine, possession within 1,500 feet of a school, interfering with the execution of a search warrant, possession of drug paraphernalia in a school zone and failure to submit to fingerprinting.
Walton was held on $300,000 bond, Wooten was released on $10,000 bond and Gaunichaux was held on $5,000 bond.
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