Leslie Yager.Written by
On Thursday, a joint investigation of Norwalk Police Dept and both New
Haven and Bridgeport offices of the DEA resulted in the arrest of three
men in Norwalk:
Robert Alfaro, 32, of 175 Hope St in Stamford;
Salvador Cardenas, 44, of 24 Walter Ave in Norwalk; and Salvador Chavez,
43, of 763 Huntington Ave in Bridgeport.
A Norwalk investigator
with a dual assignment to the task force with the Bridgeport office of
the DEA conducted surveillance over a length of time and was able to get
intelligence on high level drug activity in the city of Norwalk.
Cardenas and Chavez were targeted at various locations in Norwalk
and were observed switching cars several times at various locations
throughout the city in an attempt to elude tracking.
a transaction between Cardenas and Alfaro was observed. Chavez was
observed facilitating transport between Cardenas and Alfaro, acting as a
At 3:30p.m. on Thursday, members of the task force
stopped Robert Alfaro in his car on East Ave and task force officers
recovered 1 kilo of cocaine from the passenger seat of the vehicle. At
that point Alfano, Chavez and Cardenas were all stopped in multiple
locations throughout the city and placed under arrest for the
transactions police observed.
Police then obtained a search
warrant for for Cardenas' residence at 24 Walter Ave, a cottage the
landlord indicated he had rented to Cardenas for about a year.
search warrant was executed at 9:30pm Thursday night. In the process of
the search, police retrieved three kilos of cocaine from a trap that
had been built behind a bathroom mirror. The cocaine was wrapped and
sealed within the wall.
A further search recovered cash in an
upstairs bedroom dresser drawer. The cash, which was found inside heat
sealed bags, was seized and, as of Friday morning, was still being
counted at a bank. The total amount of cash is estimated at
Heat sealing equipment, used to process money and drugs, was also seized.
three men were brought up on multiple charges for Sale, Possession
within Distance of a School; Illegal manufacture, distribution, sale,
prescription or administration by non-drug dependent person; Drug
Paraphernalia, Possession Paraphernalia 1,500 ft from School; Possession
of Narcotics; and Illegal Possession near a School.
All three suspects are each being held on $500,000 cash bond and share a court date of Jan. 31, 2014.
to Norwalk Police, Cardenas was previously convicted in California for
high level narcotics sales, served five years in federal prison and was
subsequently deported to Mexico before re-entering the US illegally and
taking up residence in Norwalk. The residency status of the two other
men is still under investigation.
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