Wallingford police arrested 12 people Wednesday as the result of a year-old narcotics investigation and investigators believe more arrests could be made.
A team of undercover officers raided Monte Carlo Cafe on Judd Square around 8 p.m., police said.
According to police, two individuals, 30-year-old Joshua Albee and 42-year-old Daniel Sabatucci, both of Wallingford, were arrested at the cafe in connection with the sale of cocaine.
Sabatucci was found to have about an eighth of an ounce of cocaine on him at the time of the arrest. Police say Albee is a bartender at the cafe and was actually working when officers executed the search warrant.
Investigators said they did undercover drug buys at the Monte Carlo Cafe over the past year, which led to the raid and the arrests.
Police also executed a search warrant at the residence of Sabatucci, where they found additional cocaine, a scale and other drug-related paraphernalia.
Albee is charged with two counts of conspiracy to sell narcotics and two counts of conspiracy to possess narcotics. He is being held on a $200,000 bond. Sabatucci is being held on a $110,000 bond and is charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell.
Police also arrested 10 other people on narcotics warrants during the sweep. Arrested were the following individuals:
More than half of suspects were arraigned on Thursday in Meriden Superior Court because they could not post bail.
Several of the suspects, including Albee, are bartenders at the Monte Carlo Cafe and in court, it was made known many of them had prior arrests.
"The concern is he has charges involving assault and second-degree assault and violating probation," the prosecutor said during Albee's arraignment.
The wife of Albee and the father Christopher Tosney told Eyewitness News they just worked there and had no idea what was going on.
Some of the neighbors of the neighborhood bar told Eyewitness News they were relieved police did something about the business.
"It's about time," said Mary Fritsch of Wallingford. "I had no idea they were doing drugs."
The sign on the front of the bar says "no dogs and no drugs."
Eyewitness News tried tracking down the owner of the building, who lives in Wallingford, to find out more about what happened, but could not connect with him.
People who live in the building told Eyewitness News the bar is not owned by the building owner so they're not sure what's going to happen next.
"I guess it's better that they clean up so other people don't get into trouble and the neighbors around here don't have to worry about things happening," said Alicia Roodenburg of Wallingford.
At this point neither the building owner nor bar owner have been charged in the case.
More arrests are expected and the Wallingford Police Department continues to investigate.
"This investigation is but one part of the Wallingford Police Department's continuing efforts to stem the proliferation of illegal narcotics in Wallingford," the Wallingford Police Department said in a statement. "It should send a clear and resounding message that we will not tolerate our community being inundated with illegal drugs and the criminal element that profits by them."
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Wallingford Police Department at 203-269-NARC (6272).
Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.