Norwich police investigator takes stand in Victor trial

NORWICH – Norwich City Police Investigator Michael Purdy will resume testimony this morning, his third day on the witness stand in the case against accused drug dealer Michael A. Victor Jr.

Purdy, a 13-year veteran of the city police force, now a narcotics investigator, was the first witness called by the prosecution when the trial began Wednesday.

Under direct examination by District Attorney Joseph McBride, Purdy described first the three-month investigation which led to the March 27, 2009 raid on 31 Hickock Ave. in Norwich in which Victor was arrested; then the raid itself and the evidence collected both there and from a storage unit which was subsequently searched on April 3, 2009.

According to the law enforcement officer, he and other investigators first became aware of the drug operation in early January of that year.

“I received information through a reliable source that Curissa Jenkins was selling narcotics,” Purdy said, including cocaine and heroin. Over the course of the following two months, they established surveillance of Jenkins and other individuals they believed to be involved, the vehicles they drove and those coming and going from Jenkins’ residence. Purdy said two black males were seen frequenting the premises, but their identities were not established until later in the investigation.

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