Police seize between $40,000 to $100,000 worth of cocaine - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Police seize between $40,000 to $100,000 worth of cocaine

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The following photo of drugs seized was provided by the New Britain Police Department. The following photo of drugs seized was provided by the New Britain Police Department.
The following photo of Robert Desiderio was provided by the New Britain Police Department. The following photo of Robert Desiderio was provided by the New Britain Police Department.
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

A kilo of cocaine in total was seized during a routine motor vehicle stop and a drug raid by the New Britain Police Department on Monday.

A motor vehicle being driven by 19-year-old Robert Desiderio of Bristol was stopped by police in the area of Buell Street where 276 grams of cocaine, a small quantity of marijuana and $4,951 was located in the car.

Later on, police executed a warrant at 145-147 Linwood St. Inside the garage at that location, 787 grams of cocaine was discovered.

Police said they expect to make at least one arrest in the seizure of cocaine at the 145-147 Linwood St. location.

In total, police said the cocaine seized would have "an estimated street value ranging between $40,000 and 100,000, depending on the quantity in which it is sold."

Authorities said the drug seizure was the result of people in the New Britain neighborhoods calling police about drug trafficking in their areas.

"Our Department is committed to being facilitators in partnering with citizens and we believe that by being responsive to neighborhood complaints that the quality of life in our city can improve. Community engagement plays an essential part in our ability to provide quality policing services. This case highlights how effective we can be with community engagement," police said in a statement Wednesday.

New Britain residents are advised to call the New Britain Police Department at 860-826-3199 or by visiting this link, www.newbritainpolice.org. All inquires will be kept anonymous.

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