Four Charged After Drug Raids In Sterling, Canterbury

Federal, state and local law enforcement made four arrests and seized large amounts of heroin and cocaine after raiding two homes in the northeast corner of the state, police said.

Detectives from the Statewide Narcotics Task Force and the State Police Troop D Quality of Life Task Force had been investigating the sale of heroin and cocaine from two homes in Sterling and Canterbury for the past year. As a result of the investigation, police obtained search warrants for 1107 Plainfield Pike in Sterling and 3 Campbell Drive Unit #4 in Canterbury, police said.

Simultaneous raids were conducted by at the homes by state police, local police and agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, police said. Officers found large amounts of heroin and cocaine packaged for sale, drug manufacturing and packaging materials, scales and other drug paraphernalia in the two homes, police said. Also found was $7,944 in cash, nine prepaid debit cards and five vehicles, including two with hidden traps for transporting drugs.

As a result of the raids, police arrested Rafael Ventura, 57, of 1107 Plainfield Pike in Sterling, who was described as the target of the investigation, as well as Leafar Ventura, 26, and Jose Manuel Martinez, 32, both of 3 Campbell Drive Unit #4, and Yokasthia Luna, 32, of 197 Colfax St., Providence, R.I.

According to police, all four individuals were charged with possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and operating a drug factory. The four are each being held with bail set at $150,000 and are scheduled to appear in Danielson Superior Court today.

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