Three Hartford bodegas were busted on Tuesday for selling prescription pills, according to police.
Detectives said they executed a number of search warrants at Los Cubanitos Market on Park Street, Salcedo Grocery on Broad Street and Jordi Grocery on Capitol Avenue.
Three people were arrested on several drug-related charges.
Henry Depena, 49, was charged with possession of prescription, possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell a controlled substance and failure to keep prescription drugs in a container.
Carmen Villa, 24, and 53-year-old Pablo Evangelista were charged with possession of prescription.
They said all three stores were selling pills during normal business hours.
Detectives said they conducted several controlled purchases over the past few months and were able to get valid search warrants for all three locations.
They seized 647 prescription pills and $1,742 in cash.
The stores were closed, according to police.
Police said the Los Cubanitos Market has been raided at least five times in recent years.
Depena has six previous arrests for similar crimes, according to police.
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