State Police and Bridgeport narcotics officers seized more than 16 pounds of cocaine that was shipped to a Rose Street address from Puerto Rico.
On Tuesday, July 9, the Statewide Narcotics Task Force Southwest Office received information from law enforcement officials in Puerto Rico that a package containing a large quantity of cocaine was intended for delivery to 56 Rose St. in Bridgeport by a commercial carrier.
On Wednesday, July 10, at 11:20 a.m. personnel from the task force and Bridgeport’s Tactical Narcotics Team established surveillance and watched a delivery vehicle park in front of the residence.
Police said two individuals, later identified as Hector Montilla, 42, and Rafael Casasnovas Jr., 24, of 56 Rose St. walked out of their house and approached the carrier.
As the men accepted the package and walked back to their residence, police personnel converged on them and took both of them into custody without incident.
The package was seized as evidence and found to contain more than 7.5 kilograms of cocaine.
Additionally, $300 was seized from Montilla, police said.
Consent to search their apartment was obtained and after a cursory search more cocaine and packaging material was found. Police then secured the residence and secured a search warrant.
The search warrant was later executed and additional quantities of crack cocaine, heroin, and packaging material were seized.
Montilla and Casasnovas were transported to Troop G, where they were processed and charged with possession of more than 1 kilogram of cocaine, conspiracy to commit possession of more than 1 kilogram of cocaine, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, and possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school.
Both individuals were held on a $200,000 bond and were scheduled to appear for arraignment at state Superior Court in Bridgeport July 11.