The following photo of Dennis L. Reese was provided by the Norwich Police Department.
NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -
A Norwich man was arrested after he was caught making drug deals on the streets while his child was home with narcotics inside the residence.
Members of Norwich Police Department Narcotics Unit were doing surveillance in the area of Fifth Street and North Main Street because of narcotics activity.
Authorities saw a man, who was later identified as 39-year-old Dennis L. Reese, making a drug deal on Fifth Street. Officers approached Reese, who was selling outside of his apartment building, and arrested him.
When officers searched Reese's apartment, they seized more than half an ounce of crack cocaine pre-packaged for sale, numerous 20 mg oxycontin pills, a bottle of liquid morphine, about 70 grams of marijuana and $760.
Police also found in the home Reese's 4-year-old child, who he was supposed to be watching at the time of the arrest.
Reese was charged with possession of narcotics (oxycontin), possession of narcotics (morphine), possession of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell, two counts of sale of crack cocaine, operating a drug factory, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and risk of injury to a minor.
Reese, who has a long criminal history, is being held on $250,000 and is expected to appear in New London Superior Court on Thursday.
Officials at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families were notified about the incident and are investigating Reese.
Anyone with any knowledge of drug dealings in Norwich are asked to call the police department at 860-886-5561 or the Department's Anonymous Tip Line at 860-886-5561 ext. 500.
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