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PD: Drugs stashed in ATM

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The following photo of Willy Batista was provided by the Hartford Police Department. The following photo of Willy Batista was provided by the Hartford Police Department.
The following photo of Maximo Rodriguez was provided by the Hartford Police Department. The following photo of Maximo Rodriguez was provided by the Hartford Police Department.
The following photo of Victor Estrella was provided by the Hartford Police Department. The following photo of Victor Estrella was provided by the Hartford Police Department.
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Three people were arrested after police said they raided a market in Hartford on Thursday where they found drugs in an ATM machine.

Investigators executed a warrant at Willy's Deli on Albany Avenue where they found an ATM machine loaded with prescription pills, syringes and narcotics.

Police said the store's employees were also illegally selling liquor. Investigators said they seized the following items from the deli:

  • 206 liquor bottles
  • 410 cans/bottles of beer
  • 20 Oxycontin pills in a non-prescription pill bottle
  • 66 Feltrex Ampitrex pills
  • 43 Cialis pills
  • 6 Viagra pills
  • 3 unknown purple pills
  • $10,317.00

Willy's Deli was shut down immediately and the owners received numerous violations.

Police arrested 43-year-old Victor Estrella, 57-year-old Maximo Rodriguez and 23-year-old Willy Batista, who are all from Hartford.

All three were charged with sale of hypodermic needles and syringes, illegally supplying drugs, possession of narcotics, failure to keep drugs in original container, sale or possession with intent to sell paraphernalia and disposing of liquor.

Estrella, who has no criminal history, was arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on Friday and following his appearance. He is being held on $75,000 bond.

According to court documents, Estrella has only been in Hartford for two months and came over from the Dominican Republic. He has currently been working as a clerk at Willy's Deli for two months, documents stated.

Estrella's next court appearance will be Sept. 6.

Friends of Estrella were in the courtroom Friday morning. However, they only told Eyewitness News that Estrella was a "good guy."

Rodriguez and Batista are currently out on bond.

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