2009 was year of “new ground” for Norwich Police

NORWICH – The Norwich Police Department’s 2009 report showed a steady increase in activities across the board, highlighted by several unprecedented events in the last year.

“The year of 2009 was like none other in Norwich Police history,” said Police Chief Joseph Angelino. “During this turbulent year, the Norwich Police Department was involved in unprecedented activities; arrests were made for unusually large amounts of narcotics, four vehicles were seized along with cash assets, property and defaced firearms.”

In addition to making two separate $25,000 cocaine drug seizures in 2009, the Norwich police re-established a canine drug detection unit and received a $288,188 federal grant to fight local drug activity.

On March 27, the Norwich Police Department, with assistance from other law enforcement agencies, forced their way into two separate apartments in the City of Norwich along Plymouth Street and Hickok Avenue.

Police found the suspects at their Hickok address and discovered a stash of illegal substances and paraphernalia at the Plymouth Street apartment, including about a pound of marijuana and $14,000 in suspected drug profits.

Investigators claim the two defendants kept separate apartments – one where they lived and another allegedly used as a front to sell narcotics.

Then on April 3, Norwich Police discovered a storage unit in the Town of Norwich rented by the same defendants and found a 2004 Mercedes CLK 500 sports coupe with three loaded firearms inside, a Tec-9 machine pistol with a large capacity magazine, a .357 revolver, a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol. In addition police found $25,000 of wrapped crack cocaine inside the sports car. Three of the four defendants sought in the case have since been arrested and charged with multiple felonies; two of those have pleaded guilty to the charges.

Two long-term developments took place in 2009 for the Police Department. One was the approval of a $288,188 federal grant to fund a full-time detective position for the next two years and the purchasing of new equipment designed to infiltrate local drug operations.

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