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Police Bust Up Whitney Road Heroin Mill Operation, Arrest Four

Four people were arrested at a Whitney Road residence Tuesday.

Manchester Police arrested four people Tuesday when they raided a home on Whitney Road and found evidence of a heroin mill operation. 

Police executed a search warrant at 29 Whitney Rd., according to a statement, and seized 515 bags of heroin packaged for sale, .13 ounces of raw heroin, packaging and weighing equipment, $5,962 in cash and an 2007 Infiniti. Police said a four-year old child was home during the raid, so they notified the Department of Children and Families. 

Four people were arrested at the residence and charged with the following: 

Alexander Rodriguez, 36, of 29 Whitney Rd., Manchester, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to sell, possession within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drugs with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory and risk of injury to a minor. 

Wilmary Santos, 27, of 29 Whitney Rd., Manchester, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to sell, possession within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drugs with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory and risk of injury to a minor.

Ivan Santos, 52, of 29 Whitney Rd., Manchester, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to sell, possession within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drugs with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory and risk of injury to a minor.

And Norma Marzan, 63, of 29 Whitney Rd., Manchester, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to sell, possession within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drugs with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of a school, operating a drug factory and risk of injury to a minor.

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The arrests were the result of an investigation by the East Central Narcotics Task Force, which in cooperation with other municipal, and federal law enforcement agencies, is interested in stopping illegal narcotics sales and use in the Manchester, South Windsor, and Glastonbury communities. Anyone with information pertaining to any illicit drug activity is asked to contact the East Central Narcotics Task Force at (860) 645-5548.  All calls will remain confidential. 

Frank January 23, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Why is there so much heroin in town now and how do we get rid of it?
Maria January 23, 2013 at 03:13 AM
We have lived on this street for 25 years & things have changed here over the last few years...real sad...looking to move out of this neighborhood sooner than later!!! It's a real shame that things have gotten this bad!! Wondering how they were able to afford all the nice cars in the yard!!
Jon Crickmore January 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Unfortunately the heroin epidemic is on the rise. Heroin is cheap to buy so it has become popular with many school children. I have family members that lives in that neighborhood and have for over 50 yrs. Your right Maria it's gone down hill fast.Last year their house was broken into. Fortunately the guy was arrested a month later in Hartford while carrying a firearm. 3 weeks ago there was another house broken into on Salem rd. The suspects were after prescription drugs. We will never get rid of Heroin and or other problems until these individuals start receiving strict jail sentences. Getting a few months in jail after making thousands of dollars is just part of doing business. Give them multiple years and you might deter some of them.
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John January 24, 2013 at 02:26 AM
I think its funny that heroin comes from the poppy plant . The poppy plant grows in afganistan and the us military is occupying afganistan. How is it getting to the USA? Is it getting imported by the pharmicudical companies so they can get people hooked on opiates, and sell different drugs to get people off of opiates? Or is it our government importing it so they can dumb down america and take away our freedoms, because everyone knows drugs and guns go together and don't mix?
Rebecca Smith January 24, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Omg, John, not everything bad that happens is a government conspiracy! Sometimes it's just people exercising their free will to make bad choices & do stupid things. Don't tell me that 63-yr-old woman isn't also a user--or @ least has been--she looks like hell--like she's been using her whole life. Her life is already wasted--the real tragedy is if the child will now be "in the system". Dont forget morphine also comes from opium. A) That is also a way people get hooked--after taking morphine legitimately for a devastating injury they then switch to heroin after the docs won't give them any more morphine. But B) If you were dying of painful cancer you'd be darn glad morphine is available. Drugs are a complex issue. Don't oversimplify it.
John January 24, 2013 at 01:23 PM
How do they make morphine? Does it come from poppies? If so where does it come from? Think about it. You seriously think there U.S. drug smugglers going to Afganistan to smuggle opiates back to the USA. You are the exact kind of person that I'm talking about. Open your eyes and think out side of their box they put you in.

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