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Troop H Arrests Two Hartford Men in Cocaine Bust


By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer
HARTFORD — Hartford State Troopers recently arrested two men for having about one kilogram of cocaine.
Jose Fontanez, 28, 160 New Britain Ave. in Hartford, was charged with reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld device, illegal possession of narcotics, reckless use of the highway by pedestrian, interfering with an officer. Fontanez’s bond was set at $100,000.
The second suspect, Erick Ortiz-Aguayo, 33, of 159 Wethersfield Ave. in Hartford was also arrest. Police did not state his charges in a press release sent to The Hartford Guardian.

 

On Jan. 1, 2016 at approximately 6:20 p.m. troopers were conducting motor vehicle enforcement on I-91 southbound in the area of exit 38 in Windsor when they observed the operator of a motor vehicle using their cell phone while driving.
Troopers activated their emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The operator refused to stop the vehicle, and engaged troopers in pursuit.

 

 

During the brief pursuit, troopers observed an object being thrown from the vehicle as it exited the highway at exit 38. The pursuit stopped chasing the suspects and then returned to the grassy area of the exit 38 off-ramp where they found a large amount of suspected narcotics.

 

 

Troop H officers seized the cocaine, and transported it back to Troop H where it was held as evidence.
On Jan. 2, 2016 at about 12:30 a.m., Troopers observed two males searching the grassy area off of exit 38 where the narcotics were thrown during the pursuit earlier in the evening.

 

 

Through the course of the investigation and witness information, troopers determined that both of the males, Fontanez andOrtiz-Aguayo, were in possession of the vehicle at the time of the pursuit, and when the narcotics were thrown into the grassy area off exit 38.
Both males were taken into custody and transported to Troop H were they were processed.
Fontanez was released after posting bond, and Ortiz-Aguayo was held on bond pending his court date.

 

 

Both suspects are scheduled to appear in Enfield Superior Court on Jan. 29.

 

 

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Hartford Police Make Arrest for Prospect Street Homicide


By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Hartford Police arrested a  suspect in the August shooting on South Prospect Street.

The suspect, Anthony Christiana, 38, of Henry Street in Hartford.  He was charged with murder, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm and conspiracy to commit murder.

Police said that at approximately 11:57 p.m. the Hartford Police Department received several 911 reports of shots fired and a male victim shot at 52-K South Prospect Street. On arrival, a male victim was located suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. The victim was subsequently pronounced deceased on scene by the responding paramedics at 12:34 a.m on Sept. 1, 2015.

The victim is identified as William Prieto, 32, of 52 Prospect St. in Hartford.

The suspect was identified as  On Sept. 23 and he was  picked up and arrested for violation of probation (unrelated charges) on Tuesday Sept.  22, 2015.

Christiana is being held on a $1,000,000 bond. The investigation is on-going at this time.

Christiana is a convicted Felon with 9 previous Hartford arrests, police said.

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Judge Sentences Hartford Man for Crack


HARTFORD —  A New Haven judge handed down a 70-month sentence to a local man convicted of distributing crack  in the city.

United States District Judge Janet C. Hall sentenced VaShawn Ray, 25, of Hartford to 70 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for distributing crack cocaine. According to court documents and statements made in court, this matterstemsfrom“Operation Vinefield,” a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the FBI’sNorthern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force targeting  narcotics trafficking and gang violence in Hartford’s North End, according to David B. Fein,United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut

As a result ofthe nine‐month investigation, 38 individuals were charged with various offenses related to the distribution of crack cocaine and the unlawful possession and dealing of firearms in and around Hartford. Ray also sold crack cocaine in the Enfield Street area of Hartford, police said.

Police added that Ray has been detained since his arrest on May 8, 2012. On December 12, 2012, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”). His criminal history includes a conviction for robbery in the first degree stemming from his robbing a victim at gunpoint.

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